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Staying True to a Historical Renovation, A Reflection of History – Landscape Architecture at Its Best

Every month or so I get a professional trade magazine in the mail (Landscape Architect and Specifer News) which has a variety of topics of interest including articles on design, and information on a variety of products that could be used in various outdoor design and construction projects.


There was an article in one of the issues about an area of our profession that is near and dear to my heart – residential design and renovation.


This particular issue of the magazine included an article, Olmsted Brothers’ Legacy Lives on at Indiana Estate, about the outdoor renovation (I feel it was really a restoration, too) of 5 acres of a 140 acre private residence estate that was originally designed and developed by one of the first landscape architecture firms in this country – Olmstead Brothers, which had its beginnings around 1901.


Source: William Esarey, WEE Landscape Architecture


The article explains that the original outdoor design (which was built around 1938) of this home, ‘had fallen into a state of disrepair’. The landscape architect that did the renovation, and mindful of it’s original history, created amazing outdoor spaces with the intrinsic beauty of classical architecture, and the serenity of adjacent pastoral surroundings.


Source: William Esarey, WEE Landscape Architecture


For an up-to-date renovation to be successful, popular modern day elements were incorporated into a thoughtful design, such as a pool house and outdoor fireplace, making it pleasantly functional. The accolades the landscape architect received for this project are well deserved.

Source: William Esarey, WEE Landscape Architecture


If you would like to read the article, and view more photos of the beautiful renovation, you can see it here.


If you like, please leave a comment about what you think of the project!

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