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Shaw, Howard Van Doren  Search this
Landscape architect:
Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects  Search this
Lake Forest Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Archival materials
Greensward of Market Square, The (Lake Forest, Illinois)
United States of America -- Illinois -- Lake County -- Lake Forest
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, photocopies of articles about the project, and other information.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Market Square was the first planned shopping center in the United States. Completed in 1916, the square and its surroundings were showing their age by the late 1990s, when a collaborative restoration project of the "green" in the center of the square was undertaken by the Lake Forest Garden Club, the city, and concerned citizens. The club had played an active role in Market Square landscaping improvements over the years; the current project was given its initial impetus by the club, but was soon transformed into a separate Market Square 2000 project with wide public and city support. With design work by Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects of Delaware, the project was completed in 2000. Features include a flagpole and fountain, sculpture, and various elements of hardscaping, such as brick walkways. On the north and south sides of the square's lawn are fire maples with an underplanting of hydrangea, viburnum, boxwood, and groundcover. West of the flagpole is a rose garden surrounded by an arch of yews, while two European hornbeams are situated in the corners of the rose bed. A low hedge of Alpine Currant (Ribes alpinum) outlines the north and south perimeters of the park.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects (landscape architects, 1996-2000) and Howard Van Doren Shaw (architect, 1913-1917).
Related Materials:
The Greensward of Market Square related holdings consist of 2 folders (6 35 mm. slides (photographs))
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens:
Collection Rights:
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Gardens -- Illinois -- Lake Forest  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
AAG.GCA, File IL120
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Illinois
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens