Profile: Historic Restoration

Robinson Anderson Summers, Inc. enjoys national recognition for its work in public gardens and historic landscapes. The firm’s body of work exhibits a special emphasis on combining the highest levels of creativity, horticultural expertise, and environmental stewardship with an awareness and understanding of the landscape traditions of the past.

Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects collaborated in the complete restoration of Nemours Mansion & Gardens, the historic home and estate of Alfred I. du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. In 2008 the project was recognized for design excellence, receiving both the Silver Medal Award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Honor Award from the Pennsylvania & Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens(Photography: The Nemours Foundation)

One recently finished project is the new Trial Garden for Mt. Cuba Center, a non-profit horticultural institution in Hockessin, Delaware, devoted to the study of Appalachian Piedmont Region flora. The firm has also completed the first phase of restoration at Greenwood Gardens, an early twentieth-century estate garden now open to the public in Short Hills, New Jersey.

Since 1992, Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects has provided design services for the Architect of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., beginning with the renovation of the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory. The firm recently served as technical representative for the restoration of the historic Bartholdi Fountain, constructed in castiron by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi in 1875, prior to creating the Statue of Liberty.

Bartholdi Fountain, Washington, D.C.

Other notable projects include the new conservatory and gardens for Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia; a master plan and new gardens for Iowa State University’s Reiman Gardens; and renovations to historic Market Square in Lake Forest, Illinois, for which the firm received the Distinguished Building Special Recognition Award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.