historic restoration


BARTOW - PELL MANSION FORMAL GARDEN IN PELHAM BAY PARK

Established as a New York City Landmark as well as a National Historic Landmark, Bartow - Pell Mansion is the last remaining of a group of estates overlooking the Long Island Sound at Pelham Bay. MKM Landscape Architecture PC is working with the BPMM Executive Director and the Bartow-Pell Conservancy Garden Rehabilitation Steering Committee to rehabilitate the formal sunken garden in a manner that honors the history of the garden and also can be easily maintained by the museum staff. MKM successfully guided our proposed rehabilitation plan through a review process at the NY City Department of Parks and Recreation.

 

TABOR WING HOUSE - dover plains, ny

The Tabor Wing House, built in 1810, is an excellent example of a Federal Style House. Due to the balanced design and the fact that the building is largely intact, in 1982 the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house served as the Dover Plains Library until 2003, after which the Dover Historical Society donated the building to the Town of Dover. A building restoration was completed in 2006. At this time several community groups are collaborating to transform the grounds into colonial gardens for demonstration in order to enhance a community treasure and create a tourist destination for Dover Plains.

 

Highland Park - The Ridgewood Reservoir

MKM Landscape Architecture PC was selected by the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation to prepare a master plan and contract documents for the development of a new 50 acre park on the site of a historic former reservoir in the Ridgewood section of Queens, New York. The original reservoir, consisting of three large basins, was constructed in 1858 and associated infrastructure such as pump house buildings, historic fencing, gate valves and granite sluice structures remain largely intact. Each basin contains a diverse group of ecological habitats that have developed since the reservoir was decommissioned in the1980’s.

 

PUTNUM RAIL TRAIL

MKM Landscape Architecture was commissioned to create linkages to an existing bike path system to the north and a proposed extension to the South on the Putnam Rail Trail; a former freight and passenger rail line, a mile and a half long mixed use trail that bisects Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, New York. Emphasis was placed on making the path accessible

to all user, sustaining ecologically sensitive areas and respecting the historical context of the former rail site. A “naturalized” plaza, incorporating a series of historic granite pylons was also proposed. In addition, MKM was tasked with completing a master plan for the proposed southern extension of the path from Van Cortlandt Park to the Harlem River.

 

SAKURA PARK STAIRS RECONSTRUCTION

Sakura Park Stairs Reconstruction is one of the series capitals projects in Riverside Park Master Plan which dedicated to restore and maintain Riverside Park’s scenic landmark projects. Sakura Park Located between Riverside Church and International House. The park owes its name to the more than 2,000 cherry trees delivered to parks in New York City from Japan in 1912.  The work scope of this reconstruction project covers the staircase at the northeast corner of Sakura Park. The work will include a new foundation and resetting the existing granite steps and walls.

 

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

MKM Landscape Architecture PC worked in collaboration with local architects to restore and improve the historic main campus. The plan focuses on improving the visual and physical connections between buildings as well as updating the campus lighting and furnishings.

 

MKM has participated in a variety of plans, designs and exhibitions for historic restoration projects including:

Bartow- Pell Mansion Formal Garden and Orchard
Tabor Wing House
Sakura Staircase (Olmsted)
Ridgewood Reservoir
The Putnam Greenway
Bowling Green Park
Wesleyan University College Row
Untermyer Park Pool
Exhibition at the MET_ Vintage Gardening Tools