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Washington, D.C.
A gem on Capitol Square, the Summer House was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. Landscape Architect as team leader, 1879 to 1881, as an enchanting, cool, restful space with a central drinking fountain and grotto. The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is pursuing restoration of the structure and rehabilitation of the landscape. Heritage Landscapes prepared plans for soils, grading, sidewalks, rock work and plantings. Our 2018 construction documents seek to mimic historic landscape character, while favoring native plants and durable selections for this West Lawn sunny, hot microclimate. Summer House construction will proceed in accord with the AOC schedule.


View of the east entry in the 1890s showing the rockwork and layered plantings shading the Summer House in dappled light. Courtesy Commission on Fine Arts.



 View through entry to internal fountain. Courtesy Commission on Fine Arts.



Heritage Landscapes analyzed the Olmsted brothers 1904 inventory and recommendations to guide the landscape rehabilitation. Heritage Landscapes.