The new areas for guests to explore, honoring the spirit of the original design, include:
• the re-opening of the elegant south wall, which has been closed to the public for the last 20 years, containing 20 wall-mounted fountains;
• the Grotto, entered from passageways on either side of the loggia, which lead to a vaulted central hall; at the center will be a circular water curtain wall and oculus that allows natural light to enter the space;
• a trellis bridge connecting to the Fountain Terrace allowing guests to look out over the surrounding gardens;
• new seating areas, including a seat wall along the fountains as well as table and chairs behind the trellis bridge;
• a renovated Pump House lobby, which will showcase the original pumps that powered the Main Fountain Garden from 1931 to 2014;
• an enhanced landscape that includes increased planting, enhanced horticultural displays, and expanded, fully accessible walking areas.
Here is also Architectural Record’s article on Longwood Garden by Suzanne Stephens.
Photography: Noah Deveraux