2021 Lyceum Fellowship – Reimagining the Visitor Experience – The Ames Estate

When founded in 1891 by landscape gardener Charles Eliot, The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) name was far better understood. The term “reservation” was employed by Eliot to explain his own notion of “park-making.” Unlike Frederick Law Olmsted, whose approach to designing parks was to start out from scratch, Eliot favored selecting natural or cultural landscapes that had inherent beauty and interest then improve, preserve, and open them to the general public . The Trustees of Reservations is that the first private, nonprofit conservation organization of its kind within the country.

Governor Ames Estate lies within the center of the tightly developed village of North Easton, Massachusetts. it’s adjacent to regional populations from the encompassing communities of over 320,000 people. The town has recently moved to make a cultural district to make a cohesive approach to marketing all it’s to supply and creating opportunities for partnerships across many of the organizations. The cultural district is that the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District and seeks to attach visitors to town landmarks, private businesses, and cultural initiatives.

The estate house site itself holds a prominent position within the landscape, which had been carefully chosen and manipulated in design by Governor Ames. It still captures one among the simplest vantage points on the property, with views right down to both the Fish Pond and Shovelshop Pond and well-positioned to capture the summer breeze.

Students are to design a 1,500 square foot event pavilion near or within the Estate House footprint to have a unique relationship with the designed landscape that can enhance the visitor experience and provide a platform for community, family gatherings, and celebrations inviting new and regular visitors to the Ames Estate.

  • First Prize: $12,000 / 3 months travel
  • Second Prize: $8,000 / 2 months travel
  • Third Prize: $4,500 / 1 month travel
  • Citation & Merit Awards

Open to students of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, see program brief for complete eligibility requirements.

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF TODAY: lyceum-fellowship.org/2021

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