Asaph Newton Carpenter (1828-1906), Landscape Architect

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Galesburg, Illinois, 1854-1906

DBA: A. N. Carpenter

Asaph Newton Carpenter[e] was born on June 2, 1828 to Asaph and Caroline Carpenter in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. He was drawn to landscape architecture at a young age, and worked at the profession for much of his life. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Winter in 1853, and they had two daughters. The family moved to Galesburg, Illinois in 1854, from which Carpenter did "landscape gardening" and landscape design work regionally, including throughout Illinois as well as in Iowa and Nebraska. He designed several Nebraska projects in the 1880s. He died July 18, 1906 in Galesburg, where his daughter Mary Isabelle Clendenin, wife of General William Clendenin, was his only heir.[2][4][7][10][a]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.


1st Premium for best practical landscape drawing (1879), Minnesota State Fair.[19]

Nebraska Buildings and Projects

Mr. Harvey's stock farm (ca. 1883), landscape plan, "at or near Syracuse," Nebraska.[13][b]

Heartwell Park Addition (1886), park, golf course, & 57 residential lots, Hastings, Nebraska.[2][3][15]]

Landscape plan for J. S. Smith (ca. 1886), Beatrice, Nebraska.[15]

Landscape plan for John Ellis (ca. 1886), Beatrice, Nebraska.[15]

Landscape plan for James B. Heartwell (ca. 1886), Hastings, Nebraska.[15]

Landscape plan for E. C. Webster (ca. 1886), Hastings, Nebraska.[15]

Landscape plan for A. L. Clarke (ca. 1886), Hastings, Nebraska.[15]

Landscape plan for Samuel Alexander (ca. 1886), Hastings, Nebraska.[15]

Landscape plan for C. H. Pratt (ca. 1886), Hastings, Nebraska.[15]

Landscape plan for Oswald Oliver (ca. 1886), Hastings, Nebraska.[15]

Parkview Cemetery (1886) design and plat, Hastings, Nebraska.[1][15]

Plan for grounds of state industrial school (1888), Kearney, Nebraska.[16][d]

Plan for Mt. Hope Cemetery grounds (1888), Omaha, Nebraska.[17][18]

Plan for improvements for Chatauqua grounds (1888), Omaha, Nebraska.[17]

Other Projects


Plan for the grounds at the Soldiers' Orphans' Home (1880), Davenport, Iowa.[20]

C. F. Hemenway house site plan (1882), "on the bluff" at Moline, Illinois.[11]

Fairmount Park (1884), consulting with city officials on improvements, Omaha, Nebraska.[14][c]

Franklin Park plan (1885), Bloomington, Illinois.[9]

Edgewood Park addition (1887), plat, Rock Island, Illinois.[8][11]

State Fairgrounds (1890), Des Moines, Iowa.[5][21]

Prospect Park (ca. 1891), Moline, Illinois.[5]

Soldier's monument (ca. 1896), Galesburg, Illinois.[5]


Spencer Square, Rock Island, Illinois.[5]

Courthouse grounds, Peoria, Illinois.[5]

St. Mary's in the Woods, Indiana.[5]

Plan for Fair Grounds park, Decatur, Illinois.[6]


a. An advertisement for Carpenter's services as a "Practical Landscape Gardener" in an Ottawa, Illinois newspaper of 1869 lists seven references "from my own home" [Galesburg] and several from Ottawa as examples of his work.[7]

b. Nebraska State Journal reported in 1883 that Carpenter was in Lincoln, describing him as "well known throughout the west as a landscape architect...who has laid out the gorunds for a great many public institutions, farms and parks..." and mentioning "the plan of the celebrated stock farm of Mr. Harvey, at or near Syracuse..."[13]

c. Omaha Bee reported in 1884: "A. N. Carpenter, of Galesburg, the landscape architect, is in the city again. The city officials have had some talk with him about how Fairmount park should be improved, and he has also drawn plans for the beautifying of the homes of a number of prominent residents here."[14]

d. In 1888, Lincoln Evening Call reported: "The plat representing how the grounds of the state industrial school are to look when improvements have been completed is on display at the Capital hotel. It is the work of A. N. Carpenter, landscape gardener of Galesburg, Ill."[16]

e. Carpenter was almost always referred to in his practice as "A. N. Carpenter" but from early vital records until his final will, it appears his given name was the same as his father's--Asaph.[4][22]


1. Archives Record, Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska; Parkview Cemetery. Nebraska State Historical Society, RG0328 SG003, accessed April 10, 2012,

2. Catherine Cramer to David Murphy. Gmail. (October 2, 2018).

3. “Heartwell Park Historic District” Adams County Historical Society Website (Nebraska: 2015). Accessed October 3, 2018 via

4. Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999 [database on-line]. S.V. "A. N. Carpenter." Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.

5. "Designer of Park in Moline Called--A. N. Carpenter of Galesburg, Father of Mrs. William Clendenin, Dies After His Second Stroke of Paralysis," The Dispatch (Moline, Illinois (July 20, 1906), 7.

6. Beautifying the Park. Preparations to put the Fair Grounds in Proper Shape--Visit of a Landscape Gardener," Decatur (Illinois) Herald (September 25, 1890), 3.

7. (Advertisement) "Now Is the time for parties to engage their Landscape Drawings!...A. N. Carpenter, Of Galesburg, Ill., Practical Landscape Gardener, is in town and will attend to Drawing Plans of Yards, Grounds, &c." Ottawa (Illinois) Free Trader (February 27, 1869), 5.

8. "Real Estate Deals," Rock Island (Illinois) Argus (October 3, 1887), 3.

9. "Franklin Park. An Enthusiastic Meeting Last Evening at the City Hall is the Interest of This Much-Talked of Improvement," The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois (July 28, 1885), 3.

10. "Galesburg Tells of Clendenin Wedding. Details of Nuptials of Well-Known Moliner and Mrs. Mary I. Bunker," The Dispatch (Moline, Illinois) (October 18, 1904), 6.

11. Moline (Illinois) Review-Dispatch) (September 1, 1882), 7.

12. "To Built and Beautify--Another Real Estate Syndicate Established," Rock Island (Illinois) Argus (July 14, 1887), 3.

13. (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (September 30, 1883), 2.

14. "Personal," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (February 2, 1884), 6.

15. "Around About the State," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (March 20, 1886), 8.

16. In "Brevities," Lincoln (Nebraska) Evening Call (September 10, 1888), 4.

17. In "Minor Mention," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (November 1, 1888), 6.

18. "A New Home for the Dead," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (November 2, 1888), 5.

19. "Penmanship Premiums Omitted...Class 45--Fine Arts," Saint Paul (Minnesota) Globe (September 9, 1879), 1.

20. "The Home Grounds. The Architect's Plan for Their Improvement--How it Looks on Paper," The Morning Democrat (Davenport, Iowa) (August 17, 1880), 4.

21. In "Personal," Davenport (Iowa) Morning Star (June 20, 1890), 3.

22. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. S.V. "Asaph Newton Carpenter." Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

Page Citation

E. F. Zimmer, Lydia Allen & David Murphy, “Asaph Newton Carpenter (1828-1906), Landscape Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 25, 2018. Accessed, August 18, 2022.

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