For Historic Morven, Inc.
Heritage Landscapes worked on planning and implementation projects with Historic Morven and respected colleagues from 2010 to 2018 to plan and carry out restoration and rehabilitation projects. Our work included:
This National Historic Landmark property evolved from colonial times, the residence of a Declaration of Independence signer, the Stockton family, Governor’s Residence and Robert Woods Johnson home. The master planning efforts seek to preserve historic assets and features and renew the landscape illustrating this evolved cultural landscape, for engaging, high-quality visitor experience. The restored Modernist pool house is accompanied by a fountain pool that replicates the deteriorated pool apple shape and edge paving while providing jets and water play for family visitors and addresses safety in use with slip resistance and little water depth.
The new Interpretive Center set to the north side, provides learning, convening and exhibition space for the Morven community with views and close proximity to the historic structures and gardens with accessible paths for ease of movement. The landscape around the center frames it into the property. Entry drives and parking were thoughtfully adapted for recapture of a garden and orchard area, bus movements, and stormwater management in a rain garden.
WORKS Morven Interpretive Center Landscape Construction Documents and CA, 2018; Pool House and Pool Construction, 2015; Interpretive Center & Landscape Master Plan and Approvals, 2012; Morven Museum & Garden Master Plan, 2010TEAM:
Heritage Landscapes,Interpretive Center, GWWO, Inc./Architects, Pool House and Pool, Ronnie Bregenzer, Architect, Archaeology
The preservation and interpretation property plan reveals the layered site complexity from Colonial to current times.
Overview captures the historic garden axis and wall, stable, pool house and pool as well as the Interpretive Center.
Historic documentation from the 1950s guided the pool house and pool projects, courtesy Morven Inc.
The restoration of the Modernist Johnson Pool House and adaptation of the deteriorated swimming pool as a water play feature brought new interest and family group fun to Morven.
The pool form and paving restore the historic frame while filling the pool and creating a shallow fountain met site safety needs.
Walks are fully accessible. The wide historic lawn panel provides a foreground for the Interpretive Center, courtesy GWWO Architects.