Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 5, 1992):
Atalaya and Brookgreen Gardens most accurately reflect the distinguished career of Anna Hyatt Huntingdon, a sculptor whose work spanned a period of 70 years. Huntington specialized in studies of animals, and no other woman of her time period was as accomplished; her work won her international recognition, including the Palmes Academiques of France and the Grand Cross of Alfonso the Twelfth of Spain. Her work can be found in public spaces and museums around the world, including the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. Atalaya served as her Winter home, and contained a studio in which she created Don Quixote, one of her most important works. When it was founded in 1931, this was the first public sculpture garden in the country. The sculpture gardens at Brookgreen served as a place to display her own works, as well as those of her contemporaries.