APLD CT Board members, Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell, have recently collaborated on developing a landscape plan for the lovely historic Thomas Lyman House in Durham, CT. One of the finest examples of Georgian style architecture in the area, it was built in 1778 and sits on 13 acres of pristine lands including lakes, ponds, and waterfalls. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and was recently donated to the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation by the family who has owned it since 1949. The sale of the house will allow the Trust to set up a revolving fund to help in their work to protect other historic houses.
The board of the Connecticut Trust reached out to Lucy Van Liew, who recently has been chairing a group with the Madison Historic Society to establish a Historic District in her neighborhood. The Trust asked Lucy to provide a landscape plan that would inspire potential buyers to imagine the possibilities for improvements to the grounds around the house.
Lucy asked Christine if she would partner on this pro bono project. It proved an interesting and stimulating collaboration since they both run independent practices and have different but complementary styles.
There were specific issues such as proximity to a busy road, lack of outbuildings or garages, challenging gradients, poor driveway access and parking and little usable outside ‘living spaces’.
With these in mind and with a wish to enhance the beauty and character of the house and its surrounds, while also improving functionality, Lucy and Christine developed a plan and a series of illustrations to inspire buyers.
They presented their plan to the Trust who will be using it to promote the sale of the house.