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Phillips, William Lyman, 1885-1966 | University of Miami Finding Aids

Name: Phillips, William Lyman, 1885-1966


Historical Note: William Lyman Phillips was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, June 11, 1885. He attended Harvard University and graduated with a Master in Architecture degree. Phillips was employed by the Olmstead Brothers Landscape architecture firm of Brookline, Massachusetts where he worked for twenty two years.  He designed Balboa on the Panama Canal and lead the Mountain Lake Project for the Olmstead Firm. In 1922, the firm sent him to Europe to study the landscape styles and increase his knowledge of the subject matter. While studying in France, he met Simone Guillot; they got married and had two daughters before her death in 1948. The early thirties became a busy time for Phillips. While working for the National Park Service and the Dade County Parks Department, he designed Fairchild Tropical Gardens, one of his most well known works. During this time, he also completed some design work for the University of Miami. Phillips' last major project was the design of Crandon and Baker's Haulover Parks in the mid forties. Phillips' contribution to society will long be noticed; he created beauty and awareness from his simplistic style and order.






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