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
ASLA Professional Award, Honor Award in category General Design 2018, ENR MidAtlantic Best Landscape Hardscape Urban Development award 2018, 2018 Trumbauer Award by the ICAA Philadelphia Chapter in category HISTORIC PRESERVATION, Philadelphia Preservation Alliance’s 2018 Preservation Grand Jury Award, 2017 DCA Construction Excellence Award, Architects Newspaper 2017 Best of Design Awards for Lighting – Outdoor, 17th Edition Palladio Award 2018, 2018 Excellence in Concrete Award by EPDACI, Excellence in Concrete Award in the Decorative Concrete category, Eastern Pennsylvania & Dellaware, United States 2018.