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Aristotle Design Group restores the 1911 Hay-McKinney Garden

Formal Gardens at Hay-McKinney House dedicated October 2012
Italian Renaissance Hay-McKinney House was designed in 1911
Italian Renaissance Hay-McKinney House was designed in 1911
Italian Renaissance Hay-McKinney House was designed in 1911

The Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) in Cleveland has selected and engaged Aristotle Design Group (ADG) to produce a landscape master plan for it’s 7.5 acre campus in University Circle.  The project, consisting of five phases, begins with the restoration of the Hay/ McKinney House formal garden.  When completed fall of 2012, the phase one formal garden will be dedicated to Cleveland native and internationally known florist, Don Vanderbrook.

The Italian Renaissance Hay/ McKinney House

The Italian Renaissance Hay/ McKinney House was designed in 1911 by architect Abram Garfield and built for the widow of Secretary of State, John Hay. The home’s formal garden, now empty and deteriorated, is enclosed by various wings, has several levels and contained sculpture, a loggia, fountain and several balustrades and staircases.

Landscape Architects Paul Neundorfer, Chris Cheraso and Horticulturist Lisa Sefcek of ADG have worked with curators at WRHS to research and review original drawings and photographs, and Don Vanderbrook has consulted with ADG in an effort to create a unique and sustainable space in a character similar to the original design.

ADG is working with restoration specialists as well as various craftsmen and artists to rebuild and restore the masonry, carpentry, iron and fountain and adding new pavement which matches the original, mature plantings, landscape lighting and an irrigation system to increase the space’s function.