Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Continued on page 16 14 Landscape Architect and Specifier News A building that stands the test of time may house multiple uses over decades and centuries. The new admissions building at Miss Porter's School is a prime example of an old building being valued for its heritage and being brought back to life by integrating it into its contemporary surroundings. Originally a gristmill on the east bank of the Farmington River, the building was built in 1690 to process grain for the town. The structure eventually was sold and turned into a residence. Then it was transformed again into a series of boutique shops such as gold leafing, fabric stores, a gallery, a bookstore, and small café. In its most recent iteration, it was the site of a very successful restaurant called the Grist Mill. In 2012 the restaurant moved to another town and by 2014 the property was sold and donated to Miss Porter's School, which bordered the property to the East, West, and South. Located in Farmington, Connecticut, since 1843, the campus is centered just south of the Farmington River. Miss Porter's School is a day and boarding school for roughly 350 girls grades 9-12. The campus is integrated into the town of Farmington; many of the streets connect to the other surrounding neighborhoods. The campus itself retains the town character with stately homes, open lawns, and connective walks. Prior to 2014, the Admissions Building was located along Green Street, with minimal access and parking. With the donation of the Grist Mill on the banks of the Farmington River, Miss Porter's undertook the renovation of the building to transform it into their new admissions building. h a rd s c a p e s By Rachel Loeffler, RLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect, Berkshire Design Group Miss Porter's Grist Mill Renovation Landscape architecture firm Berkshire Design Group was hired to design the new paving scheme for Miss Porter's School's new admissions building. Situated on the banks of the Farmington River in Farmington, Connecticut, the new pavers replace an asphalt parking lot that extended through the plaza.

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