Pietra di Vicenza and the restoration of the Main Fountain Garden.
Beyer Blinder Belle’s architectural studio worked on an ambitious restoration project of the Main Fountain Garden, historic heart of the Longwood Gardens, gardens designed and built by Pierre S. du Pont in the first half of the last century, in the great setting of the Brandywine Valley in Pennsylvania.
With 4.36 km² of gardens, woods and meadows, Longwood Gardens boast an outstanding spot among the most important botanical parks in the United States. Among the main and most fascinating attractions inside them, the Main Fountain Garden shines among water masterpieces, fountains and horticultural displays, in an architectural context that contains loggias, arches and pools, in a style that unmistakably recalls the Italian Renaissance.
Grassi Pietre intervened in the restructuring of part of the fountain system, compromised by the inexorable aging, with the supply of material for the work, Pietra di Vicenza, in its austere and timeless character. Vicenza stone comes from the company’s quarries, situated in the city of Palladio, thus recalling even more strongly the Renaissance style of the context.
The Main Fountain Garden was renovated by Beyer Blinder Belle with the essential intent of preserving the important project, saving the original design, and giving new spirit to the beauty of the landscape.
The work of the architects was therefore focused on optimizing time-worn systems, together with the introduction of new architectural elements and a series of underground structures. Visitor services, facilities and fountains have been perfected.
The restoration of the Main Fountain Garden in the Longwood Gardens won the prize for the “Public Spaces” category at the Palladio Awards 2018, a program of awards for residential, commercial and institutional projects that stand out for excellence in the traditional design, organized by “Traditional Building Conference Series” (www.traditionalbuildingshow.com).
Project by: Beyer Blinder Belle www.beyerblinderbelle.com
Photos by: Daniel Traub
Photos by: Sam Markey
Material used: Pietra di Vicenza