The October meeting of the Eumathian Club was a tour of the Chandor Gardens by docent Anne Geer at 711 West Lee Ave. in Weatherford. The Chandor Gardens, a unique estate garden located in the heart of Weatherford, is the vision of formal portrait artist Douglas Chandor (1897–1953).
Englishman Douglas Chandor came to the U.S. in 1926 and established himself as one of the great artists of the 20th century. His portraits of President Herbert Hoover, President Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill are among five of his paintings exhibited in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Following their marriage in 1934, Douglas Chandor and Ina Kuteman settled in her hometown of Weatherford. They spent the years between 1936-53 creating the garden which evolved from a cactus covered, caliche hillside into a series of “garden rooms” featuring English and Chinese motifs. Unusual features include a Chinese bridge, labyrinth, moon gate, dragon fountain, and numerous fountains, grottos, ponds and walks.
After the passing of her husband, Ina kept the garden open to the public until her death in 1978. For the next sixteen years the garden was in a state of neglect until Melody and Chuck Bradford purchased the garden in 1994 and restored the home and garden. The City of Weatherford acquired Chandor Gardens in 2002. Chandor Gardens is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Members enjoyed a box lunch following the house and garden tour.
October’s special project was a donation to the Johnson County Children’s Advocacy Center in Cleburne. November’s meeting will be a tour and history of the trolley cars at Mayor Vera Calvin Plaza conducted by Dale Dexheimer at the Burleson Visitor Center and Museum in Old Town Burleson on Nov. 18.