Tucked in a neighborhood, this quiet peaceful community has a rich history. From its beginnings, Rosemont mansion was once the woods and gardens of Robert Kelso Cassatt, nephew of world-renowned painter Mary Cassatt. With over 10 acres of gardens and woods, the community boasts of a certified wildflower preserve which can be admired from the veranda of the estate home.
Presby’s Inspired Life since added the senior living facility and resident cottages. At the personal care entrance the project began with the service entrance.
The first challenge was to redirect storm water from the main entrance, and allow it to be part of a porous pavement system to resolve flooding. With tight grades and flagstone consistent with the main house, the design was tucked into the embankment, creating an enclosure with the landscape. The personal care patio was transformed to a usable outdoor space for daily activities, events and dining. Accessibility though out accommodates visitors, staff and residents. Pulling inspiration from a natural spring, sounds of the waterfall and seasonal blooms bring a sense of wellbeing for quiet contemplation. Views from the indoor dining include a stone birdbath, climbing hydrangea and rhododendron garden.
The entrance to the campus was also improved to distinguish it from the surrounding neighborhood and to unify the campus. We gave presence to the site with a belgian block paver apron, curbing, new signage, and plantings for structure and seasonal interest.
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