Plans for Grounds Near Estate Call for Restoration of Historic Elements

March 13, 2017

The University of Scranton plans to begin work on the grounds near the Estate this spring with improvements intended to make the Estate more visible to visitors, as well as more historically accurate. Plans will restore the stone entrance steps and railings to be more accurate to the original design. The original grand entry doors to the Estate will remain unchanged.

Plans also call for a new bluestone terrace to be added in the area immediately in front of the Estate, as well as a contemplation walkway from Monroe Avenue to the Estate and to Alumni Memorial Hall. The enhancements will incorporate bluestone and granite pavers consistent with the walkway design through the rest of the campus. Contemplation walkways were common when The Estate was designed in 1864, but the original design did not include one.

The University collaborated with landscape architects Derck and Edson, Lititz, to design the project.

The work will be completed in late August 2017.

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