Located behind the Smithsonian Institution's Castle Building, the Enid A. Haupt Garden is built three feet above the roof of the three-story Ripley Center and Sackler Gallery and was made possible by a $3 million donation by Ms. Haupt. The garden, envisioned by James Renwick when he built the Castle Building, was not realized until the 1980s. The garden contains a central Victorian embroidery parterre, wrought-iron fencing and two thematic garden rooms that serve as links to the gallery below. The rooms contain fountains, pink granite architecture and African, Asian and Near Eastern cultural design elements. The garden design was inspired by the 1876 Expo in Philadelphia.
Jean-Paul Carlhian of Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbot of Boston designed the galleries and garden structures. Sasaki Associates of Massachusetts and Lester Collins of New York served as Landscape Consultants.
"The Moongate Garden, located beside the entrance pavilion to the Sackler, uses architectural and symbolic elements found in the Temple of Heaven, a 15th-century masterpiece in Beijing, China. The forms of circle and square (representing heaven and earth, respectively) are evident thoughout the garden." (http://www.si.edu/opanda/Reports/Reports/HSD%20Gardens.pdf)
Keywords: United States, District of Columbia, Washington, Smithsonian Institution, site and landscaped elements, outdoor spaces, landscapes. Submitted by Goldie Ludovici.
1980s (1980 - 1989)
stone and/or rock
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