Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg – Gettysburg, PA The new Abraham Lincoln Sculpture was unveiled November 18, 2009 at the main entrance of the Gettysburg National Park Museum and Visitor Center. The sculpture and associated landscaping are the generous gifts of the late philanthropist Mr. Robert H. Smith. The sculpture is the creation of Studio EIS in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The environment for the sculpture was created by DFB and Associates. The concept for the setting consists of the following elements: Lincoln seated on a granite bench– the same granite used in the older battlefield monuments, a 12” cal. Acer rubrum symbolic of a “witness tree” from the battlefield, boulders characteristic of those at “Devil's Den” and a bronze plaque of the Gettysburg Address inset into a large boulder.
President Lincoln's Cottage and the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center – Washington, DC DFB collaborated with Heritage Landscapes and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to interpret this historic landscape, prepare planting plans, select specimen plant material, and coordinate the installation of hardscape and plantings. DFB prepared construction details for the installation of the Lincoln sculpture created by Studio EIS.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Ford Orientation Center, Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center – Mount Vernon, VA DFB was retained by the late Robert H. Smith on behalf of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association to redesign the landscape, and implement the selection and installation of more than 209 specimen trees, 2020 shrubs, and 17500 perennials and annuals. Over one half acre of turf was incorporated into the landscape, complementing the historic grounds. All of this work took place between September 25 and October 25, 2006 in preparation for the grand opening on October 27, 2006.
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Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland – College Park, MD
University of Maryland William E. and Kathy Mayer Mall – College Park, MD DFB collaborated with the design team, and the University of Maryland architectural and facilities staff to upscale the landscape, as envisioned by the late Robert H. Smith. We were instrumental in initiating the design of the clock tower as a focal point to reinforce the axial geometry of the site. DFB was responsible for all of the design, construction details, and construction administration for Mayer Mall Phase 3. Work included: the extension and integration of the brick walk system into the fabric of the existing landscape, design and installation of granite steps and stainless steel railings, brick and pre–cast concrete utility enclosure and maintenance shed, preservation of mature, specimen oak trees, decorative concrete pavers, extensive drainage systems, coordination with major SCUB line relocations, and selection and planting of 7"–12" caliper shade trees and 12’–18’ holly trees. We prepared a landscape management manual for the grounds of Mayer Mall.
Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins – Baltimore, MD DFB collaborated with the design team, Johns Hopkins Hospital Facilities Planning & Construction Staff, and the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company to create an upscale landscape, as requested by the late Robert H. Smith. We made specific recommendations for site changes to accommodate large 7"-12" caliper trees, designed the planting plan, and selected the specimen plant materials to be used. Mr. Balderson directed the installation of the plantings on site to ensure completion for the October 2009 dedication.
DFB & Associates, Inc. provides Landscape Architecture and Site Planning throughout the Mid Atlantic United States. We are located in Laytonsville, Maryland and our breadth of service includes clients in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore Metro Areas; Great Falls, McLean, and Upperville, Virginia; Annapolis, Easton, Frederick, and Hagerstown, Maryland.