Credit: John Bartelstone

Longwood Gardens, Main Fountain Garden Restoration

BBB’s rehabilitation of the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood revitalizes the historic heart of one of the most celebrated public gardens in the world.

Longwood Gardens, located in the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania, was conceived, designed, and constructed by Pierre S. du Pont during the first half of the 20th century. Inspired by many of the great water gardens of Europe, the Main Fountain Garden is among the most prominent features at Longwood, consisting of a variety of significant water features and set within an architectural context of Italianate renaissance loggias, arcades and basins, and an elaborate and rich horticultural display. BBB designed a major rehabilitation for the 80 year-old complex, which had been chronically compromised by numerous mechanical problems and aging infrastructure. BBB’s scope of work focused on the restoration of the original design; repair and improvements to mechanical and electrical systems; introduction of a series of new architectural elements such as the Grotto, Grand Stairs, and a series of subterranean service structures; and enhancements to the plantings, fountains, and visitor amenities. Learn more about the Main Fountain Garden project here.

 

Client

Longwood Gardens

Location

Kennett Square, PA

Size

5 acres

Completed

2017

People

FAIA, LEED AP
Partner, Director of Historic Preservation
FAIA, AICP
Founding Partner
AIA, LEED AP
Associate Partner
ARB
Senior Associate
AIA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C
Associate