Hillwood Museum Gardens ZEN Associates

Hillwood Museum and Gardens

Washington, D.C.

In a city known for its Japanese cherry blossom trees, developing a restoration plan for a historic Japanese-style garden only seemed natural.

The former estate of philanthropist and art collector Marjorie Merriweather Post – now home to the Hillwood Museum and Gardens – features 25 acres of gardens, each as stunning as the collection within the museum’s halls.

As part of an overall campus renovation, ZEN Associates was commissioned to assess and document the Japanese-style garden and related structures to develop a restoration plan. The largest landscape on the property, this strolling garden features a central pond with a series of bridges, islands and paths, stone figures and pagodas, as well as a multi-level waterfall that cascades down a two-story hillside.

ZEN Associates provided historical research, a thorough analysis of the site and materials, construction drawings and construction.

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