2018 Merit Award
Ohio Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects
Classical Courtyard: Reimagined
Formed by an original Abram Garfield designed house, the courtyard is a classic example of positive outdoor space. The 1929 summer house was built for one of the daughters of Samuel A. Mather, a forefather of Cleveland’s industrial boom. The house has a central floor plan with alignment to a pond and long-distance view to the west. Material selections included handmade clay brick laid in patterns and detailing of Garfield’s original plans. The front door landing was designed for a time of horse and carriage and a new layout increased green space allowing a modern day strolling garden. Hardscape and plantings all interact to create a respectful layering of color, form and texture in all seasons. Attention to the historical precedents of pattern, scale, proportion, unity and rhythm all contributed to the reimagined courtyard; commemorating Garfield’s vision and emphasized for 21st century living.