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Chandor Gardens

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(1936)
Douglas Chandor, an English portraitist, married Ina Kuteman Hill in 1934 and settled on seven bleak acres in Weatherford next door to Ina’s parents. During the next eighteen years, Chandor used his artistic genius to create over 300 portraits and a fantasy garden he called “White Shadows.” Subjects portrayed by Chandor’s talented brushes include Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Windsor, Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt. After his death in 1953, the lush paradise he had created from the harsh Texas landscape was renamed “Chandor Gardens” and opened to the public. The City of Weatherford purchased the Gardens in 2002 and visitors may once again visit outdoor “rooms” decorated with a sunken bowling green, a lagoon with waterfall, and an Oriental amphitheatre guarded by dragons.

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