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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Embarks on Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project

Wed, 12/05/2012

 

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces exciting new changes to the Museum’s campus. Over the next year, the Museum is embarking on the Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project. This initiative not only encompasses the restoration of the historic Olmsted Garden, but also the renovation of the entire Riverside Avenue portion of The Cummer campus. Plans include the addition of outdoor seating for the TreeCup Café and the integration of a sculpture garden into The Cummer’s front lawn. In addition, the Museum's parking lots will be refurbished and the entire campus will be unified by landscape. The Cummer’s goal is to provide an improved experience for the Museum’s visitors, from their arrival on the campus to their interactions with the historic gardens overlooking the St. Johns River. “By providing a unique landscape that integrates gardens, art objects and the energy of people, The Cummer campus will become an important bridge between Riverside and Downtown and more relevant for the entire community,” said Museum Director Hope McMath. The Museum has already begun work on the first phase of construction and plans to complete the entire project by the fall of 2013.  With the help of the community, the Museum has currently reached 90% of its fundraising goal for this project.

Phase 1: Olmsted Garden

Work on Phase 1 of the Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project is already underway.  The Olmsted Garden restoration began in September with the construction of a new bulkhead.  Following the completion of the bulkhead, work will continue to restore the Olmsted Garden to the designs provided by the Olmsted Brothers firm for the Cummer family in 1930. The restoration will be complete by April 2013.

In the early 1900s, the magnificent gardens surrounded the Riverside Avenue homes of one of Jacksonville’s most prominent families, the Cummers. The Olmsted Garden was part of the estate of Waldo and Clara Cummer, the brother and sister-in-law of Museum founders Arthur and Ninah Cummer. Their gardens were partially obliterated in the early 1960s, when both Cummer homes were demolished to make way for the new museum building, the Red Cross, and the former Barnett Building, which now houses the Museum’s interactive center, Art Connections. Plans have been underway to restore these gardens to their original glory for many years. “The Olmsted Garden has never been open to the public,” said Chief Curator Holly Keris. “The addition of this historically accurate garden nearly doubles The Cummer’s current Riverfront footage, and provides the Museum with another platform to discuss art, design, history, and environmental conservation, all through the use of our landscape.” The Cummer Gardens, including the Olmsted Garden, were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

**This project has been financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.

Phase 2: Riverside Avenue Landscape

In addition to restoring the Olmsted Garden to its original beauty, The Cummer is renovating the entire Riverside Avenue portion of the Museum campus. This area includes the front lawn and parking areas from the Art Connections building to the Edward W. Lane, Jr. building. This renovation provides the opportunity to integrate the arts, gardens, and education. “Visitors to The Cummer have long understood the magic that happens in our building, but for the first time, this energy and vibrancy will be visible from Riverside Avenue,” said Keris. “This gives us the opportunity to engage with the community in a whole new way as a dynamic, relevant, accessible, and meaningful component of our city.”

The campus renovation phase will begin with the reconstruction of the Museum’s parking lots.  Following the completion of the parking lots, The Cummer will open up the front lawn to the public. Outdoor seating will be added for the TreeCup Café on the Museum’s front lawn. In addition, a sculpture garden will be created in front of the Art Connections Building. Although largely populated with works on loan, the space will feature two permanent installations from The Cummer’s collection– William Zorach’s Sprit of the Dance and Takashi Soga’s Sea of the Ear Rings. Reconstruction of the parking lots will begin in December and continue through March 2013, and the front of the Museum and the Sculpture Garden will be complete and open in September 2013. By unifying the entire campus through landscape, adding café seating under the oak trees, integrating more sculpture and opening up the front lawn, the eye-catching Riverside Avenue Landscape will serve as a beacon for the mission of The Cummer.

** Beginning December 10, The Cummer's parking lots will be closed for the renovation. Visitors are encouraged to park in the lot at the Edward W. Lane, Jr. building at Post Street and Riverside Avenue, or in public parking on Post Street between the Museum and the Garden Club. Street parking is also available on Riverside Park Place and May Street.

Project Team: Elkins Constructors Inc.; CMS Group LLC; Connelly & Wicker Inc.; Atlantic Engineering Services; Sunscapes Landscape Design Inc.; Francois Goffinet Limited; and Richard Skinner & Associates, Architects.

Community Involvement: Dedicate a Brick Campaign

The Cummer is providing an opportunity for the community to support the restoration and renovation project. The Dedicate a Brick Campaign offers hundreds of individuals a chance to have an engraved brick in the gathering plaza of the green lot across from the Museum’s entrance. Behind each name is a story of a milestone, a personal relationship, or the celebration of life. Cost for one brick is $500 and individuals are able to purchase an unlimited number of bricks. Proceeds from brick purchases will help fund the restoration and renovation project. For more information, please contact Director of Development Kenyon Merritt at (904) 899-6025, or visit www.cummer.org.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Wed, 12/05/2012

 

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces exciting new changes to the Museum’s campus. Over the next year, the Museum is embarking on the Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project. This initiative not only encompasses the restoration of the historic Olmsted Garden, but also the renovation of the entire Riverside Avenue portion of The Cummer campus. Plans include the addition of outdoor seating for the TreeCup Café and the integration of a sculpture garden into The Cummer’s front lawn. In addition, the Museum's parking lots will be refurbished and the entire campus will be unified by landscape. The Cummer’s goal is to provide an improved experience for the Museum’s visitors, from their arrival on the campus to their interactions with the historic gardens overlooking the St. Johns River. “By providing a unique landscape that integrates gardens, art objects and the energy of people, The Cummer campus will become an important bridge between Riverside and Downtown and more relevant for the entire community,” said Museum Director Hope McMath. The Museum has already begun work on the first phase of construction and plans to complete the entire project by the fall of 2013.  With the help of the community, the Museum has currently reached 90% of its fundraising goal for this project.

Phase 1: Olmsted Garden

Work on Phase 1 of the Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project is already underway.  The Olmsted Garden restoration began in September with the construction of a new bulkhead.  Following the completion of the bulkhead, work will continue to restore the Olmsted Garden to the designs provided by the Olmsted Brothers firm for the Cummer family in 1930. The restoration will be complete by April 2013.

In the early 1900s, the magnificent gardens surrounded the Riverside Avenue homes of one of Jacksonville’s most prominent families, the Cummers. The Olmsted Garden was part of the estate of Waldo and Clara Cummer, the brother and sister-in-law of Museum founders Arthur and Ninah Cummer. Their gardens were partially obliterated in the early 1960s, when both Cummer homes were demolished to make way for the new museum building, the Red Cross, and the former Barnett Building, which now houses the Museum’s interactive center, Art Connections. Plans have been underway to restore these gardens to their original glory for many years. “The Olmsted Garden has never been open to the public,” said Chief Curator Holly Keris. “The addition of this historically accurate garden nearly doubles The Cummer’s current Riverfront footage, and provides the Museum with another platform to discuss art, design, history, and environmental conservation, all through the use of our landscape.” The Cummer Gardens, including the Olmsted Garden, were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

**This project has been financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.

Phase 2: Riverside Avenue Landscape

In addition to restoring the Olmsted Garden to its original beauty, The Cummer is renovating the entire Riverside Avenue portion of the Museum campus. This area includes the front lawn and parking areas from the Art Connections building to the Edward W. Lane, Jr. building. This renovation provides the opportunity to integrate the arts, gardens, and education. “Visitors to The Cummer have long understood the magic that happens in our building, but for the first time, this energy and vibrancy will be visible from Riverside Avenue,” said Keris. “This gives us the opportunity to engage with the community in a whole new way as a dynamic, relevant, accessible, and meaningful component of our city.”

The campus renovation phase will begin with the reconstruction of the Museum’s parking lots.  Following the completion of the parking lots, The Cummer will open up the front lawn to the public. Outdoor seating will be added for the TreeCup Café on the Museum’s front lawn. In addition, a sculpture garden will be created in front of the Art Connections Building. Although largely populated with works on loan, the space will feature two permanent installations from The Cummer’s collection– William Zorach’s Sprit of the Dance and Takashi Soga’s Sea of the Ear Rings. Reconstruction of the parking lots will begin in December and continue through March 2013, and the front of the Museum and the Sculpture Garden will be complete and open in September 2013. By unifying the entire campus through landscape, adding café seating under the oak trees, integrating more sculpture and opening up the front lawn, the eye-catching Riverside Avenue Landscape will serve as a beacon for the mission of The Cummer.

** Beginning December 10, The Cummer's parking lots will be closed for the renovation. Visitors are encouraged to park in the lot at the Edward W. Lane, Jr. building at Post Street and Riverside Avenue, or in public parking on Post Street between the Museum and the Garden Club. Street parking is also available on Riverside Park Place and May Street.

Project Team: Elkins Constructors Inc.; CMS Group LLC; Connelly & Wicker Inc.; Atlantic Engineering Services; Sunscapes Landscape Design Inc.; Francois Goffinet Limited; and Richard Skinner & Associates, Architects.

Community Involvement: Dedicate a Brick Campaign

The Cummer is providing an opportunity for the community to support the restoration and renovation project. The Dedicate a Brick Campaign offers hundreds of individuals a chance to have an engraved brick in the gathering plaza of the green lot across from the Museum’s entrance. Behind each name is a story of a milestone, a personal relationship, or the celebration of life. Cost for one brick is $500 and individuals are able to purchase an unlimited number of bricks. Proceeds from brick purchases will help fund the restoration and renovation project. For more information, please contact Director of Development Kenyon Merritt at (904) 899-6025, or visit www.cummer.org.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces exciting new changes to the Museum’s campus. Over the next year, the Museum is embarking on the Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project. This initiative not only encompasses the restoration of the historic Olmsted Garden, but also the renovation of the entire Riverside Avenue portion of The Cummer campus. Plans include the addition of outdoor seating for the TreeCup Café and the integration of a sculpture garden into The Cummer’s front lawn. In addition, the Museum's parking lots will be refurbished and the entire campus will be unified by landscape. The Cummer’s goal is to provide an improved experience for the Museum’s visitors, from their arrival on the campus to their interactions with the historic gardens overlooking the St. Johns River. “By providing a unique landscape that integrates gardens, art objects and the energy of people, The Cummer campus will become an important bridge between Riverside and Downtown and more relevant for the entire community,” said Museum Director Hope McMath. The Museum has already begun work on the first phase of construction and plans to complete the entire project by the fall of 2013.  With the help of the community, the Museum has currently reached 90% of its fundraising goal for this project.

Phase 1: Olmsted Garden

Work on Phase 1 of the Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project is already underway.  The Olmsted Garden restoration began in September with the construction of a new bulkhead.  Following the completion of the bulkhead, work will continue to restore the Olmsted Garden to the designs provided by the Olmsted Brothers firm for the Cummer family in 1930. The restoration will be complete by April 2013.

In the early 1900s, the magnificent gardens surrounded the Riverside Avenue homes of one of Jacksonville’s most prominent families, the Cummers. The Olmsted Garden was part of the estate of Waldo and Clara Cummer, the brother and sister-in-law of Museum founders Arthur and Ninah Cummer. Their gardens were partially obliterated in the early 1960s, when both Cummer homes were demolished to make way for the new museum building, the Red Cross, and the former Barnett Building, which now houses the Museum’s interactive center, Art Connections. Plans have been underway to restore these gardens to their original glory for many years. “The Olmsted Garden has never been open to the public,” said Chief Curator Holly Keris. “The addition of this historically accurate garden nearly doubles The Cummer’s current Riverfront footage, and provides the Museum with another platform to discuss art, design, history, and environmental conservation, all through the use of our landscape.” The Cummer Gardens, including the Olmsted Garden, were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

**This project has been financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.

Phase 2: Riverside Avenue Landscape

In addition to restoring the Olmsted Garden to its original beauty, The Cummer is renovating the entire Riverside Avenue portion of the Museum campus. This area includes the front lawn and parking areas from the Art Connections building to the Edward W. Lane, Jr. building. This renovation provides the opportunity to integrate the arts, gardens, and education. “Visitors to The Cummer have long understood the magic that happens in our building, but for the first time, this energy and vibrancy will be visible from Riverside Avenue,” said Keris. “This gives us the opportunity to engage with the community in a whole new way as a dynamic, relevant, accessible, and meaningful component of our city.”

The campus renovation phase will begin with the reconstruction of the Museum’s parking lots.  Following the completion of the parking lots, The Cummer will open up the front lawn to the public. Outdoor seating will be added for the TreeCup Café on the Museum’s front lawn. In addition, a sculpture garden will be created in front of the Art Connections Building. Although largely populated with works on loan, the space will feature two permanent installations from The Cummer’s collection– William Zorach’s Sprit of the Dance and Takashi Soga’s Sea of the Ear Rings. Reconstruction of the parking lots will begin in December and continue through March 2013, and the front of the Museum and the Sculpture Garden will be complete and open in September 2013. By unifying the entire campus through landscape, adding café seating under the oak trees, integrating more sculpture and opening up the front lawn, the eye-catching Riverside Avenue Landscape will serve as a beacon for the mission of The Cummer.

** Beginning December 10, The Cummer's parking lots will be closed for the renovation. Visitors are encouraged to park in the lot at the Edward W. Lane, Jr. building at Post Street and Riverside Avenue, or in public parking on Post Street between the Museum and the Garden Club. Street parking is also available on Riverside Park Place and May Street.

Project Team: Elkins Constructors Inc.; CMS Group LLC; Connelly & Wicker Inc.; Atlantic Engineering Services; Sunscapes Landscape Design Inc.; Francois Goffinet Limited; and Richard Skinner & Associates, Architects.

Community Involvement: Dedicate a Brick Campaign

The Cummer is providing an opportunity for the community to support the restoration and renovation project. The Dedicate a Brick Campaign offers hundreds of individuals a chance to have an engraved brick in the gathering plaza of the green lot across from the Museum’s entrance. Behind each name is a story of a milestone, a personal relationship, or the celebration of life. Cost for one brick is $500 and individuals are able to purchase an unlimited number of bricks. Proceeds from brick purchases will help fund the restoration and renovation project. For more information, please contact Director of Development Kenyon Merritt at (904) 899-6025, or visit www.cummer.org.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Wed, 12/05/2012

 

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces exciting new changes to the Museum’s campus. Over the next year, the Museum is embarking on the Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project. This initiative not only encompasses the restoration of the historic Olmsted Garden, but also the renovation of the entire Riverside Avenue portion of The Cummer campus. Plans include the addition of outdoor seating for the TreeCup Café and the integration of a sculpture garden into The Cummer’s front lawn. In addition, the Museum's parking lots will be refurbished and the entire campus will be unified by landscape. The Cummer’s goal is to provide an improved experience for the Museum’s visitors, from their arrival on the campus to their interactions with the historic gardens overlooking the St. Johns River. “By providing a unique landscape that integrates gardens, art objects and the energy of people, The Cummer campus will become an important bridge between Riverside and Downtown and more relevant for the entire community,” said Museum Director Hope McMath. The Museum has already begun work on the first phase of construction and plans to complete the entire project by the fall of 2013.  With the help of the community, the Museum has currently reached 90% of its fundraising goal for this project.

Phase 1: Olmsted Garden

Work on Phase 1 of the Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project is already underway.  The Olmsted Garden restoration began in September with the construction of a new bulkhead.  Following the completion of the bulkhead, work will continue to restore the Olmsted Garden to the designs provided by the Olmsted Brothers firm for the Cummer family in 1930. The restoration will be complete by April 2013.

In the early 1900s, the magnificent gardens surrounded the Riverside Avenue homes of one of Jacksonville’s most prominent families, the Cummers. The Olmsted Garden was part of the estate of Waldo and Clara Cummer, the brother and sister-in-law of Museum founders Arthur and Ninah Cummer. Their gardens were partially obliterated in the early 1960s, when both Cummer homes were demolished to make way for the new museum building, the Red Cross, and the former Barnett Building, which now houses the Museum’s interactive center, Art Connections. Plans have been underway to restore these gardens to their original glory for many years. “The Olmsted Garden has never been open to the public,” said Chief Curator Holly Keris. “The addition of this historically accurate garden nearly doubles The Cummer’s current Riverfront footage, and provides the Museum with another platform to discuss art, design, history, and environmental conservation, all through the use of our landscape.” The Cummer Gardens, including the Olmsted Garden, were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

**This project has been financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.

Phase 2: Riverside Avenue Landscape

In addition to restoring the Olmsted Garden to its original beauty, The Cummer is renovating the entire Riverside Avenue portion of the Museum campus. This area includes the front lawn and parking areas from the Art Connections building to the Edward W. Lane, Jr. building. This renovation provides the opportunity to integrate the arts, gardens, and education. “Visitors to The Cummer have long understood the magic that happens in our building, but for the first time, this energy and vibrancy will be visible from Riverside Avenue,” said Keris. “This gives us the opportunity to engage with the community in a whole new way as a dynamic, relevant, accessible, and meaningful component of our city.”

The campus renovation phase will begin with the reconstruction of the Museum’s parking lots.  Following the completion of the parking lots, The Cummer will open up the front lawn to the public. Outdoor seating will be added for the TreeCup Café on the Museum’s front lawn. In addition, a sculpture garden will be created in front of the Art Connections Building. Although largely populated with works on loan, the space will feature two permanent installations from The Cummer’s collection– William Zorach’s Sprit of the Dance and Takashi Soga’s Sea of the Ear Rings. Reconstruction of the parking lots will begin in December and continue through March 2013, and the front of the Museum and the Sculpture Garden will be complete and open in September 2013. By unifying the entire campus through landscape, adding café seating under the oak trees, integrating more sculpture and opening up the front lawn, the eye-catching Riverside Avenue Landscape will serve as a beacon for the mission of The Cummer.

** Beginning December 10, The Cummer's parking lots will be closed for the renovation. Visitors are encouraged to park in the lot at the Edward W. Lane, Jr. building at Post Street and Riverside Avenue, or in public parking on Post Street between the Museum and the Garden Club. Street parking is also available on Riverside Park Place and May Street.

Project Team: Elkins Constructors Inc.; CMS Group LLC; Connelly & Wicker Inc.; Atlantic Engineering Services; Sunscapes Landscape Design Inc.; Francois Goffinet Limited; and Richard Skinner & Associates, Architects.

Community Involvement: Dedicate a Brick Campaign

The Cummer is providing an opportunity for the community to support the restoration and renovation project. The Dedicate a Brick Campaign offers hundreds of individuals a chance to have an engraved brick in the gathering plaza of the green lot across from the Museum’s entrance. Behind each name is a story of a milestone, a personal relationship, or the celebration of life. Cost for one brick is $500 and individuals are able to purchase an unlimited number of bricks. Proceeds from brick purchases will help fund the restoration and renovation project. For more information, please contact Director of Development Kenyon Merritt at (904) 899-6025, or visit www.cummer.org.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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