From the overall garden design down to the detailed materials chosen, this home renovated from a historic schoolhouse fully embodies and honors the character of the German Village community where it resides. Brick walls with gas lanterns, iron fences, gates, and archways along with stone curbing and cobble paving were all designed as an ode to the historically rich community of Columbus, and reflect the architectural tradition of the neighborhood.
The Historic Schoolhouse Garden replaces what was formerly a 37-space parking lot, completely transforming the site. The impressive scale of the landmark St. Mary's School on the site warranted a garden that would have the appropriate architectural weight and presence, holding its own during winter months when plantings are dormant. The garden design also complemented the features and style of the landmark—the main garden’s axial symmetry is aligned with the upper terrace doors as well as the water feature, which anchor the opposing ends of the garden and smoothly integrate it into the property.
A tribute to the German Village, this garden provides a space that honors the historic importance of both the landmark and the surrounding community.