The Goodrum House landscape represents the most complete integration of architecture and landscape Philip Shutze ever produced. This marriage of house and site, reminiscent of the Italian villas of the Renaissance, was a concept that fascinated Shutze from the earliest days of his practice, was richly informed during his time at the American Academy in Rome, and matured and reached its culmination for May Goodrum. Shutze achieved his Italian villa ideal by developing a landscape that was an organizational extension of the house, that reflected the architectural style of the principal structure in elements within the landscape, and masterfully adapted the landscape to suit the owner’s needs and the local climate.
Explore the three primary gardens: the Monogram Boxwood Garden, Theater Garden and Koi Pond, and the Serpentine Garden. Other notable hardscape elements included a drive and circular court of large granite spalls, a main terrace of crab-orchard stone framed by a stacked stone wall, and Gothic shaped iron gates.