Friday, July 10, 2009

The Houston Bliss Collection of Garden Plans By Arthur and Marie Berger

THE COLLECTION OF HOUSTON BLISS: GARDEN PLANS BY ARTHUR AND MARIE BERGER
Compiled by Kurt Culbertson 1978 from a collection of drawings in the possession of Houston Bliss. While working as a landscape architect for the City of Dallas in 1978 I learned of the work of Arthur and Marie Berger. I had the opportunity to meet their former co-worker, Houston Bliss, who allowed me to view his collection of plans from the firm. The following is a summation of my notes from that review. Following Mr. Bliss’ death some years later I spoke with her widow, who stated that the collection was apparently destroyed following Mr. Bliss’ death. Some drawings listed only Arthur, others as Arthur and Marie, some as Marie and Arthur. It is not known if the order of the couples names conveys the primary designer. Few of the drawings were dated. Unless otherwise indicated all projects are residential gardens. In most cases only the city was given as a location.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Absher San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Aldenhoven Fort Worth, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ames San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Amis, Jr. Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Anderson Vernon, Texas
The Argyle Patterson Avenue and Argyle
San Antonio, Texas Nov. 15, 1958
Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Armstrong Cornell
Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Arneson San Antonio, Texas
General and Mrs. Milton Arnold Washington, D. C. Georgetown
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Stuart Arthur Dallas, Texas Arthur and Marie Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ashburng 7109 Del Rose (?)
Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Emmons R. Bahan Weatherford, Texas near Weatherford
Mr. and Mrs. Travis D. Bailey San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Bakke Paseo Encinal August, 1959
San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bass Dallas, Texas
E. A. Basse, Jr. San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bearden Amherst
Dallas, Texas
Harold C. Beasley Alta Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas
Henry Beck, Jr. Dallas, Texas On lake
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Beckett Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Bentley Dallas, Texas Arthur and Marie Berger
Alternate Plan W. P. Bentley Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. I.B. Beren Dallas, Texas On a creek
Berger Residence Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Berger Fort Worth, Texas
Willard M. Berman San Antonio, Texas
Kenyon Bevan Baxtershire Drive
Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Birnie Dallas, Texas
Ben L. Bird Fort Worth, Texas
Mrs. J.L. Bivins Amarillo, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Waller Boedeker Gaywood Road/Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, Texas
Roland S. Bond Dallas, Texas On a stream
Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Brants Fort Worth, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. (Jake) Anderson Waggonner Drive
Dallas, Texas
Dr. and Mrs. William F. Brown Dallas, Texas
C. L. Browning San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Bryant San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. John Burns Fort Worth, Texas
Burr Oak Addition Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Marie and Arthur Berger Planting Strip
N.E. 50th and N. Kelley Ave.
Mrs. S. F. Cade Dallas, Texas Arthur and Marie Berger
C. W. Cahoon, Jr. Fillmore, Wichita Falls, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Calvert San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Camp Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Campbell Olney, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Canning (2) Fort Worth, Texas Arthur and Marie Berger
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Carter San Antonio, Texas Arthur and Marie Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Castlebury Vernon, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Dr. and Mrs. J.O. Chambers Fort Worth, Texas
Dr. and Mrs. John Chapman Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Clark ?
The Plot of William H. Clark Dallas, Texas Arthur Berger
Dr. and Mrs. Kemp Clarke Highland Park, Texas
E. W. Clemens San Antonio, Texas Arthur and Marie Berger
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Clements Amarillo, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Cline Amarillo, Texas July 1960
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Closuit Fort Worth, Texas Arthur and Marie Berger
Coastal Refineries ?
Mr. and Mrs. George Hunter Coates San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Cochran Dallas, Texas Arthur Berger
Rosser J. Coke Dallas, Texas
Dr. and Mrs. Bailey Collins Wichita Falls, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. James Mitchell Collins Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Worthen Collins Dallas, Texas
Columbian Country Club Dallas, Texas (on lake) Max Sandfield, Architect, April 7, 1955
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Comegys Shreveport, Louisiana
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Corrigan, Jr. Dallas, Texas
Mrs. Grace Cozby McAllen, Texas August, 1957
Mr. and Mrs. Earle M. Craig, Jr. Midland, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. John Crichton Shreveport, Louisiana Earl Hart Miller, Consultant August 18, 1958
Jerome K. Crossman Dallas, Texas
Trammel Crow Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Coursey Dallas, Texas
Dallas Country Club Dallas, Texas
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts Dallas, Texas
Dallas Power and Light Dallas, Texas
Commerce St. Entrance
White Rock Substation
N.E. Service Center Greenville Avenue
Dallas Public Library
Mrs. Daniel/Mr. Mallon Farmers Branch, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger On a lake
DeGolyer and McNaughlin
Daniels Street Office Building Dallas Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. J. Philip David Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger Feb. 15, 1960
Mr. and Mrs. Wirt Davis II Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
E. M. Dealey Dallas, Texas Arthur Berger
Ben DeChard, Jr. Dallas, Texas
The Decorative Center Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger May 1956
Mr. and Mrs. E. L. DeGolyer Dallas, Texas
E. L. DeGolyer, Jr. Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Dean Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Dewar San Antonio, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Dillard, Jr. Wichita Falls, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Dougherty Beeville, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Dr. Pepper Corp. Hdqr. Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Dwelle Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Edelman Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Garland Ellis 4425 E. Lancaster Marie and Arthur Berger
Fort Worth, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Henry English
Mrs. Kay Edmund San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Henry English Dallas, Texas
Mrs. Mildred English San Antonio, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Dr. and Mrs. M.W. Everhart San Angelo, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Exchange Park
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Fair Boedne, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson A. Farry Dallas, Texas Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Ferguson San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Fitch Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
1st Federal Savings and Loan Tyler, Texas Marie Berger/Houston Bliss
1st Presbyterian Church San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Fitzhugh Dallas, Texas Marie Berger/Houston Bliss
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Fitzsimons San Antonio, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Flower Show/Fort Worth Garden Club Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Foxworth Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Foxworth Dallas, Texas
Dr. and Mrs. E. J. Foscue 3225 Hanover Marie and Arthur Berger
Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Francis Dallas, Texas Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Franzel San Antonio, Texas Marie Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Freeman Dallas, Texas
Frenchman’s Cove, Ltd. Jamaica Near Port Antonio
15 & 19 & Great House William Tamminga, Architect, Houston
Houses 1-9 Jan. 1960
Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Fulgham Lubbock, Texas
The Gallagher Ranch San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Galt Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Garden and Demonstration Garden San Antonio, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Garth Briar Hollow Lane Marie and Arthur Berger
Houston, Texas
Dr. and Mrs. M. R. Garrison Berkeley Avenue and Buena Vista Way
Wichita Falls, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Monte R. Garrison Wichita Falls, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
General Electric Tyler, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Gertz Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Grayson Gill Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Ginsburg Fort Worth, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Sol Goodell Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Tom G. Gouger San Antonio, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mrs. Marguerite Green Dallas, Texas Arthur and Marie Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Greenberg Avondale Marie and Arthur Berger
Oklahoma City, OK
Jack Greenman Fort Worth, Texas June 9, 1954
Mr. and Mrs. Erle P. Grossman San Antonio, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
W. F. Guerriero
Hackberry Creek Park Highland Park, Texas
Drexel, Beverly to Bryan
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Haas Corpus Christi, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. P.E. Haggerty Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger June-Oct.1957
Jack F. Hall Sherman, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Gaston Hallam Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Dr. and Mrs. Salmon Halpern Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Hamilton Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. J. Hanson Fort Worth, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. John Harris Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. K.D. Harrison San Antonio, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Harvey Fort Worth, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Henderson Van Court, Texas Leonard Mauldin, San Angelo
W. B. Henley, Jr. Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Henry Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Heyser
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Higginbotham Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hill Alameda Drive/ Marie and Arthur Berger
Wildwood Drive West
San Antonio, Texas
General and Mrs. Maurice Hirsch Houston, Texas
Colonel and Mrs. F. C. Hixon San Antonio, Texas Feb. 25, 1952
114 Mt. Erin Pass/ San Antonio, Texas Ford and Roger, Architects
Route 7 Willow Way
Mr. and Mrs. Leland A. Hodges Fort Worth, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Hootkins Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mrs. Reagan Houston San Antonio, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Houston Technical Laboratories Houston, Texas Interior Garden July 1956
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hubbard Dallas, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Hudson San Antonio, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger Oct. 24, 1958
Ashford Hughes Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Hunter Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Huntress, Jr. San Antonio, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Inge Dallas, Texas Marie and Arthur Berger
The University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Karcher Dallas, Texas Arthur Berger
Lakeside Drive Highland Park, Texas
(Armstrong to Footbridge)
Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Lupton Fort Worth, Texas Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Harris Melasky Taylor, Texas Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. H.D. McEwen Dallas, Texas Arthur Berger On Lake
Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Murchison San Antonio, Texas
Mrs. Robert Nicholson Home Dallas, Texas Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. O’Donohoe Wichita Falls, Texas Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Odonohoe Wichita Falls, Texas Arthur Berger January 1950
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Omohundro Wichita Falls, Texas Arthur Berger
The Dr. Pepper Company Dallas, Texas Arthur Berger
Dr. and Mrs. J. F. Prichard Fort Worth, Texas Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Sawnie Robertson Dallas, Texas
Messrs. John Sanders and Alex Clayton Dallas, Texas
Col. And Mrs. R. G. Storey Dallas, Texas Arthur Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Val Tanner Ardmore, Oklahoma Arthur Berger
Texas Children’s Home Fort Worth, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Wise, Jr. Fort Worth, Texas Arthur Berger

Photos of Gardens Designed By Arthur and Marie Berger in the Maynard Parker Collection of the Huntington Library, California

PHOTOS OF GARDENS BY ARTHUR AND MARIE BERGER IN THE MAYNARD L. PARKER COLLECTION, THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY Compiled by Kurt Culbertson July 2009
Bakke Residence San Antonio, Texas May 1959
Beck Residence Dallas, Texas May 1959
Beckett Residence Dallas, Texas June 1956
Arthur and Marie Berger Garden Dallas, Texas Undated
Mr. and Mrs. Trammell Crow Residence Dallas, Texas May 1955
DeGolyar Garden Unknown Undated
A.C. Deutsch Residence San Antonio, Texas May 1955
Dewar Residence San Antonio, Texas May 1955
Mildred English Residence San Antonio, Texas May 1955
Fair Residence San Antonio, Texas May 1955
Patrick S. Haggerty Residence Dallas, Texas June 1956
Hanson Residence Fort Worth, Texas May 1959
Hunter Residence Dallas, Texas May 1955
Eddie Kahn Residence Dallas, Texas June 1956
Wally Lee Residence Dallas, Texas June 1956
Lemmon Residence Dallas, Texas May 1959
Luther Residence Fort Worth, Texas May 1959
Matthews Residence San Antonio, Texas May 1955
McElvaney Residence Dallas, Texas June 1956
McEwan Residence Dallas, Texas June 1956
McFadden Residence Dallas, Texas May 1955
McNaughton Residence Dallas, Texas 1950s
O’Neill Residence Midland, Texas June 1956
Pace Setter House of 1955 Dallas, Texas October 1954
Penson Residence Dallas, Texas June 1956
Roberts Residence Fort Worth, Texas May 1959

Max Sandfield Residence Dallas, Texas June 1956
Sanford Residence San Antonio, Texas May 1955
A. A. Seeligson Residence Olmos Park, Texas May 1955
Abbe M. Strunk Residence San Antonio, Texas May 1955
Thompson Residence Dallas, Texas May 1959
Unidentified Gardens Unknown undated.
Unidentified Dallas, Texas June 1956
Untitled Residence San Antonio, Texas May 1955
Charles F. Urschel Residence Olmos Park, Texas May 1955
(Magnolia Hill)
Webb Residence Dallas, Texas May 1959