A New Dawn: The Garden of Tony Duquette, Photo Gallery
Take a photographic journey into the lush garden, and home of the late Tony Duquette.
Dawnridge is the legendary Beverly Hills, California, home of Tony Duquette (1914-1999), one of the 20th century's most prolific and influential designers. We asked contributing editor Paul O'Donnell to talk to its present owner, Hutton Wilkinson, longtime business partner and friend of Duquette. Wilkinson not only preserved the house and garden but managed to transform the estate into an ever-evolving laboratory of ideas.
Left: A Vietnamese wedding boat painted in Tony Duquette’s signature colors of coral and turquoise floats on a koi-stocked pond, some specimens of which are 3 feet long. The three-arch pavilion at the far right is covered with ornate carved screens from India.
To read more about this house and garden, read the full story, "A New Dawn."
The one-acre estate of Dawnridge is built on a series of terraces, and this view reveals the one situated at midlevel. Among its most striking elements are the pagoda structure with a fanciful onion dome, detailed statuary fashioned from iron and wire, and oil drums cut into sculptural forms.
The treehouse pavilion is filled with classic Duquette—his Palmer chairs covered in a malachite print, plant stands made from cast clamshells, and a metal chandelier Duquette designed for Elizabeth Arden.
Duquette came by his nickname, Tony Abalone, honestly. Throughout the garden, abalone shells appear as decor. Here a pair of obelisks is covered in crushed abalone, framing a chandelier centered with a glittering disco ball. Succulents, cactus, agapanthus, yucca, and pine trees fill the garden.
Also situated on the grounds of the ranch is an indoor/outdoor room covered in patinated wood panels from Thailand. Within is a carved statue depicting the phoenix rising from the flames and flanked by two Balinese figures supporting spider plants on their heads.
In addition to Dawnridge, Duquette and his wife, Elizabeth, purchased this 100-acre ranch in Malibu, California, in the 1950s. It is fertile again following a fire in 1993. The property takes in spectacular open views of the Santa Monica Mountains, particularly Boney Mountain, on the slopes of which the couple’s ashes were spread. A pavilion from the 1959 film The Gazebo occupies a mound covered with low-maintenance, drought-tolerant cactus, yucca, and succulents.