Marian Cruger Coffin

General Information

Occupation: Landscape Architect

Date of Birth: January 01, 1876

Date of Death: January 01, 1957

Birth City: Scarborough

Birth State/Province: New York

Birth Country: United States

Resident State/Province: Delaware

Resident Country: United States

Sources: ; Birnbaum, Charles A., and Robin Karson, eds. Pioneers of American Landscape Design : An Annotated Bibliography. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2000.


Subject: Large Formal Garden Design

Description: Winterthur, du Pont estates, Gibralter, University of Delaware


Employer: Coffin Landscape Architecture

Title: Founder

City: New York

State: New York

Country: United States

Employer: University of Delaware

Title: Landscape Architect

State: Delaware

Country: United States

Start Date: January 01, 1918

End Date: January 01, 1952

Notes: Significant role in union of Delaware College and Women's College campuses.


Country: United States


No apprenticeships on record


Name: Gold Medal of Honor for Landscape Design

Description: Architectural League of New York

Date Received: January 01, 1930


No exhibitions on record

Notable Projects

Title: New York Botanical Gardens

City: New York

State: New York

Country: United States


Title: Preservation Delaware, Inc. Marian Coffin Gardens at Gibraltar

Description: Formal garden "rooms" each with unique characer and purpose. Restoration of gardens designed by Coffin was completed in 1999

City: Wilmington

State: Delaware

Country: United States

Start Date: January 01, 1916

End Date: January 01, 1923

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Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department: Landscape Architecture

End Date: January 01, 1904

Notes: Met Henry F. du Pont, Winterthur in Boston, establishing a lifelong working friendship


Professional Affiliations

Organization: American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Role: Junior Member

Start Date: January 01, 1906

Notes: Made a Fellow of ASLA in 1918

Publications By

Title: Trees and Shrubs for Landscape Effects

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons

City: New York

Date Published: January 01, 1940

Publications About

Title: Money, Manure, and Maintenance

Author: Nancy Fleming

Publisher: Country Place Books

City: Weston, Mass

Date Published: January 01, 1995

Title: Marian Cruger Coffin: The Landscape Architect and the Lady, 1876-1957

Author: The House and Garden

Publication: Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts

City: Roslyn, N.Y.

Date Published: January 01, 1986