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Julia O. Martin Landscape Design visual arts materials

Collection number: ahc.VIS182

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of landscape plans, photographs, negatives, and slides created by Atlanta landscape designer, Julia Orme Martin, from 1971 to 1995. The collection consists of primarily landscape designs for residential properties in the neighborhoods of Ansley Park and Buckhead, in Atlanta, Georgia. Of particular note are the drawings pertaining to the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia as well as those pertaining to the Tompkins property on West Wesley Road in Atlanta, Georgia. Also a part of the collection are Martin family images and slides from two of Martin's lectures.


  • 1971-1995, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U. S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through The Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

Julia Orme Martin was a landscape designer who helped restore and preserve Ansley Park in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a member of the Ansley Park Garden Club served on the Board of the Ansley Park Beautification Foundation. A longtime member of the Board of Managers of the A. G. Rhodes Homes, she was also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Atlanta, and a member of the Atlanta Town Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the state of Georgia. Julia Martin designed gardens in the Southeast for two decades, beginning in the early 1970s. Like most women landscape designers of this period, Martin primarily worked in the arena of residential landscape design. Her most notable projects include the A. G. Rhodes Home on Boulevard Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia; the Henry B. Tompkins property on West Wesley Road, Atlanta, Georgia; and the Columbus Museum, once the home of W. C. Bradley, Columbus, Georgia. She is also known for her landscape designs for her primary home located on Westminster Drive in Ansley Park as well as the gardens she designed for Oldfield, her vacation home in Sargentville, Maine. Martin died on January 6, 1999 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Biographical / Historical

Julia Orme Martin (1926-1999) was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Mary Clarke Cohen Orme (later Mary Cohen Bienvenue) (ca. 1903-?) and Charles Dickerson Orme (1897-1972). Her grandfather was Major John Sanford Cohen (1870-1935) who served as a United States Senator and as an editor and later president for the Atlanta Journal from 1917-1935. After her parents divorced in the mid-1930s, Martin spent part of her childhood in Europe, particularly Portugal and France, with her mother and her sister, Beau. She attended Washington Seminary School in Atlanta, Georgia and the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. She attended the University of Georgia and later graduated from Georgia State University in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts in history. She married Justus C. Martin, Jr. (1925-1993) in the late 1940s. The Martin’s had two daughters, Maudie Martin Huff and Julia Martin McClelland.


1799 item(s) (682 black and white photographs, 435 color negatives, 385 color photographs, 177 sets of landscape architectural drawings, and 120 color transparencies)



System of Arrangement

Alphabetically by name of client.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Julia Orme Martin, CGL, 1996 (1996.11), 2000 (2000.102), 2011 (2011.022)

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2010, with subsequent additions in 2019.

Julia O. Martin Landscape Design visual arts materials
Staci L. Catron and Jennie Oldfield
November 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305