Conceived by Mayor James Preston in the early 20th century, Preston Gardens was an elegant public garden in the heart of downtown Baltimore. Located on St. Paul Place, this historic garden/park was for many years, a graceful and refined oasis in the heart of the City with fountains, sculptures, and impressive seasonal flower displays. Bounded by busy roadways, the park has been challenged to retain its peaceful garden qualities as vehicular traffic has intensified – separating the park from adjacent pedestrian circulation.
Floura Teeter Landscape Architects worked closely with the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation to provide updated enhancements for this historic park. Floura Teeter’s scope included a new pedestrian plaza, ADA compliance, renovated hardscape design, site furnishings, site lighting, and landscape planting. The concept removes a narrow three foot sidewalk along St. Paul Place and proposes a 30’ wide pedestrian plaza with nearly 9,000 square feet of green space and over 4,000 square feet of paved plaza area for gatherings and other events. To accommodate the proposed plaza, an under-utilized northbound lane, as well as angled parking, have been removed. Large canopy trees have been proposed to line St. Paul Place, providing much-needed shade and creating a visual barrier between pedestrians and vehicles.
Project Category: Streetscape & Urban Design
Location: Baltimore, MD
Client: Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
Project Costs: $3,400,000