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Arnold Arboretum

Artist:

Frederick Law Olmsted

Location:

 

Location

125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA
United States
42° 18' 26.4816" N, 71° 7' 14.61" W

Neighborhood:

Jamaica Plain

Type:

Architectural Element

Year:

1900

Medium:

Wrought Iron

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Description:

The Arnold Arboretum, founded in 1872, is the first and oldest arboretum in America. Comprised of 281 acres, it is surrounded by a stone wall with seven major entrances. These entrances are guarded by wrought iron gates orginally erected in 1900. Each gate features an elaborate scroll pattern, an eye-catching detail that is an example of early twentieth-century iron work. Additionally, an iron-work pineapple (the symbol of hospitality) is featured at the highest point of each gate.

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