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Marble Collegiate Church

New York, New York

Within a reimagined "Church Yard" landscape, a proportionally-scaled new neighborhood public space reveals and showcases the Marble Collegiate Church as a freestanding gem. Moshe Safdie’s urban plan includes an infill residential tower that reveals the Church’s rear façade for the first time in over 125 years. As a publically accessible forecourt to the tower, HMWhite developed a garden piazza, which is shared by the residents, church congregation and neighborhood. The Church’s historic cast iron fence is extended to embrace a welcoming piazza gateway that establishes a common landscape precinct. The new and old harmoniously meet and are anchored by an Elm tree bosque.  The garden piazza’s open design allows for flexible use, while also accommodating private seating nooks carved out of the garden’s understory planting framework.  The sight and sound of a film of water falling into a narrow water runnel further distinguishes the garden in the minds of New Yorkers as a memorable public garden destination.

Client
HFZ Capital Group
The Collegiate Churches of New York

Design Team
Landscape Architect: HMWhite
Architect: Moshe Safdie Architects
Preservation Architect: Acheson Doyle & Partners
Executive Architect: SLCE Architects

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