this fall, visitors approaching Chicago's Main Quadrangle from
58th Street and University Avenue will pass through a newly
landscaped entryway framed by English oak trees and a yew hedge
stretching from Albert Pick Hall on the south to Eckhart Hall
on the north. The open lawn that two years ago replaced the
tennis courts by Pick Hall will be bordered by planting beds,
and flowering trees will line pedestrian entrances along the
McIntosh, a landscape architect with Sasaki Associates, designed
the new entryway after receiving suggestions from University
Architect Curt Heuring, University Planner Richard Bumstead,
and several student and faculty groups representing the University
community. "We talked with many people around the campus,"
says Bumstead. "There was a strong consensus in favor of
the open space created by the removal of the tennis courts,
[so] we looked at the entrance to the quad and decided to use
plants as our architecture."
design draws on the work of Beatrix Jones Farrand, an innovator
in campus landscaping in the 1920s who framed many of the building
entrances at Yale, Princeton, and Chicago with plants to make
them inviting and easier to find.
entranceway is part of a program to enhance the campus's status
as a botanical garden, a designation awarded by the American
Association of Botanic Gardens and Arboreta in 1997. Other landscaping
on the Main Quadrangle includes planting bulbs in the spring,
annuals in the summer, and chrysanthemums in the fall and hanging
Tivoli lights on branches in the winter. Work on the new entryway
began this summer and is expected to be completed by late October.