The Main Fountain Garden at Longwood Gardens, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is one of the most expansive and magnificent groupings of fountains in a landscaped setting in the United States. Inspired by numerous fountain gardens in Europe, the Main Fountain Garden was designed and constructed under the direct supervision of Longwood Gardens’s founder, Pierre S. du Pont, during a period extending from the early 1920’s, when the first landscape features were planted, to the mid 1930s, when it acquired much of its present form. The Main Fountain Garden has become one of Longwood Gardens’s key defining features.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Architect & Date
Pierre S. du Pont, 1920-1930
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners
80 years after its opening the Main Fountain Garden had numerous problems: ICR served as the Architectural Conservation consultant on the Design Team carrying out a conditions survey to document the location and types of materials used during initial construction as well as existing conditions. Based on the information gained from this survey, ICR designed and implemented a materials’ testing program that allowed for the design of physically and aesthetically compatible treatment programs.
ICR converted these recommendations into drawing details and specifications that were included in the specifications and bid package. ICR also assisted in the selection of a qualified contractor to implement the work and provided quality control during the implementation phases of the project.
ICR is very proud of the work we accomplished with Beyer Blinder Belle at this magnificent site.
Learn more about the Main Garden Project here.