Partner Louise Leland

Queer Places:
Haldeman and Leland, 600 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
Puye, 3613 Glenview Ave, Glenview, KY 40025
Jesse Chrisler House-Longview Pan, 4506 River Road, Glenview
Thruston Norton House,  Glenview Historic District, 4316 Glenview Avenue, Glenview
Edith Callahan House, 4310 Glenview Ave, Glenview, KY 40025
My Old Kentucky Home State, 501 E Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004
Farmington Historic Plantation, 3033 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Mercer Co., KY
Cave Hill Cemetery Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA

Anne Bruce Haldeman (December 4, 1903 – December 27, 1993)

Anne Bruce Haldeman was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1903 to Bruce Avery Haldeman (1862–1948) and Annie Ford Milton (1873–1949). The Haldeman family was prominent newspaper publishers. Haldeman lived to be 90 years old and left a legacy as one of the earliest and most pre-eminent female landscape architects in Kentucky. After graduating from Bennett College in New York State, she noted that her career in landscape architecture started ‘accidentally’ while her parents were designing a country home in Glenview, KY. She eventually enrolled in the Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Graduating in 1931, Haldeman, along with her classmate and partner Louise Leland, returned to Louisville in 1934 and founded the landscape architectural firm of Haldeman & Leland. The office was located in the Francis Building at 606 S. 4th Street. Haldeman and Leland resided in Glenview, KY near the Haldeman family property. Following the early death of Leland in 1956, the firm dissolved. Haldeman continued to work in landscape design for the remainder of her life.

While Anne Bruce Haldeman designed numerous gardens and landscapes throughout the region, she is best remembered for her role in the historically-informed gardens at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, KY, Farmington Historic Plantation in Louisville, KY, and as a consultant for Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Mercer Co., KY. Haldeman was a member of the group who spearheaded the movement to rescue the historically significant home and gardens of Farmington, the plantation originally built from 1815-1816 by John and Lucy Fry Speed. She helped to found the Historic Homes Foundation Inc., a local organization created to protect the integrity of historic homes. Throughout the late 1960s and 70s, Haldeman researched the Speed family, the home, as well as the time period, to create as historically accurate gardens as possible. In 1973 Haldeman was awarded the Mrs. Oakleigh Thorne Medal for outstanding achievement in Garden Design from the Garden Club of America. She was also one of the first women to join the American Society of Landscape Architects.

By the late 1920s there were six local landscape gardeners and landscape architects listed in the Louisville city directory, and in the 1930s they were joined, among others, by Mary Louise Speed (1891 - 1971) and Anne Bruce Haldeman (1903-1993), two professionally trained landscape architects with Louisville roots who did extensive work planning and redesigning grounds and gardens in the River Road corridor from the 1930s through the 1960s. Mary Louise Speed received her training at the Lowthorpe School; Anne Bruce Haldeman studied at the Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Jesse Chrisler House-Longview Pan, 4506 River Road, Glenview, was built ca. 1850 by Jesse Chrisler as center of gentleman fan. Located on high point of bottom land below bluff. In 1916, Chrisler heirs sold property to Isaac Billiard, a partner in the family brokerage firm of J.B. Billiard and Son. Renamed Longview Farm, the property was developed as a country estate by the Billiard family, in whose ownership it still remains. Little remains of formal gardens designed by Anne Bruce Haldeman in 1930s.

Thruston Norton House,  Glenview Historic District, 4316 Glenview Avenue, Glenview, was built for Thruston Ballard Norton, grandson of S.T. Ballard, and Belle Clay Morton, daughter of S. Clay Lyons, on land originally associated with the adjacent Harris-Mullins House. Morton had an illustrious career in public office, including service as a U.S. Senator from Kentucky. The main house is a two-story, brick house with some Colonial Revival detailing. Rear ell added ca. 1941. Designed by builder, Jackson Steepler. Immediate surroundings of house including brick paths and terraces landscaped by Anne Bruce Haldeman in 1936.

Edith Callahan House, Glenview, is a small, one-story, gable-roofed brick house with more recent alterations. Built in 1950 for a friend of the Binghams and designed by architect, Louise Leland, partner of Anne Bruce Haldeman.

Anne Bruce Haldeman died in 1993.


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