Estate of Senator and Mrs. William Benton Southport, Connecticut
Scale: 1” = 20’

Alice Orme Smith, MLA
Landscape Architect

Loaned by the Smith College Archives


After graduating from Smith College, Alice Orme Smith trained as a nurse and served in France during World War I, receiving the French Croix de Guerre. She attended the Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture from 1923 to 1925, from which she later received an MLA when the school began granting degrees. Her distinguished career as a landscape architect included working in Beatrix Farrand’s office on plans for Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. Alice Orme Smith first opened an office in New York City in 1932, and later moved to southern Connecticut, where she established a busy private practice. In addition to designing many residences, her work included the grounds of the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut and the grounds of the Bridgeport Museum of Art, Science and Industry. She won awards for her designs of the Garden of Religion and the Main Vista of the 1939 Worlds Fair in New York City. In 1973 Alice Orme Smith was awarded the Smith College medal for “bringing men and nature into harmony in the landscape.” The following year she was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architecture.