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September 2010
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Topic of the Month: Garden Restored on Gold Coast Estate

Design Company of the Month: Fort Hill Landscape and Design

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Devonian Stone socal2Welcome to the September issue of our newsletter! We do our best to present you with informative articles about the various projects architects and designers are working on around the country. If there is anything you would like to read about here that we have not yet covered, or if you have a project you would like to share with us, please contact us and tell us about it. If chosen, we will feature your project in one of our upcoming issues of this newsletter, which goes out to architects and building industry professionals across the country. Click here to find out more about us, or visit us on our Facebook Fan Page.

Design Company of the Month: Fort Hill Landscape and Design

Fort Hill Landscape 1From intimate garden settings to broad property management, Fort Hill Estates Landscape and Design located in Huntington, NY, will create a top-quality landscape for your needs. We design and build landscapes to blend with your architecture and personal taste. Fort Hill Estates, Inc. has been honored with various awards at the state and local level including the NY State Nursery and Landscape Association Grand Award for environmental beautification.
Personal care and 'attention to detail' result in lasting beauty. We specialize in creating design solutions for the most challenging areas. From getting the most out of a tight space, to creating a usable area carved into a steep wooded slope. We have the vision and experience to solve your landscape and construction needs - down to the smallest detail.
Careful planning combined with meticulous execution make the difference. We take great pride in our Landscape plans and consider them the best in the industry. From estate master plans to small garden projects, every job is handled with the same personal care and attention to detail. With years of experience, our staff is capable of transforming your dreams into reality.

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Topic of the Month: Garden Restored on Gold Coast Estate

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The north shore of Long Island, NY is an area where many estates can be found dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a period called the Gold Coast Era. Some of these lavish homes are now museums or private residences, whereas others remain uninhabited and eventually fall to ruin. One Gold Coast estate was recently purchased by a private homeowner who hired Landscape Designer Peter Hogarty of Fort Hill Landscape and Design in Huntington, NY to fully restore the gardens, a process that transformed and brought new life to the property that was once almost forgotten.

Hogarty explains, "The property is a thirteen-acre estate on the north shore of Long Island that sits up on a bluff overlooking Long Island Sound. The estate was owned by The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities ( and had been for sale for quite some time with the provision that it had to be restored to its original splendor. That is quite a task for someone to take on."

"When the new homeowner purchased the estate, he restored the mansion, the six car garage and did some beautiful things with the property. The final piece of the puzzle was to restore about an acre and a half of display gardens which were quite overgrown since they hadn't been touched for thirty years. The landscape plan was the first part, as it always is in any project. The homeowner told me what he wanted to try to do and we created it but added our own flare by separating the garden into five different areas. There is a rose garden, a children's discovery garden, a shade garden, a stroll garden, and a shrub garden. The children's discovery garden has a lot of interesting plant material. We also constructed a greenhouse on that portion of the property, as well as a playhouse and little raised planter beds for herbs." The children's garden is also where two bronze statues of children playing baseball are displayed on the lawn.

Hogarty continues, "We created the main allee, a boxwood-hedged perennial garden with a formal pond as its focal point. It was an existing pond that we refurbished and features a statue called "Glint of the Sea" which was put back in place after being ravaged for years and then restored. There were wisteria vines growing on the trellis work that were 70 years old and we actually had to pull pieces of wood out from between the branches to try to keep everything as good as it was and just prune things back. It was a very difficult task. The whole project took almost a year."

"There was a lot of brickwork and existing trellis work that we had to preserve and repair. We had to weather bricks and weather wood to make it all look as if it had been there forever, in keeping with what was already there. We had to rip out a lot of overgrown material, but kept the framework that was there for the gardens. The brickwork was all there for us, all we had to do was restore it. I custom designed some trellis work that would match some of the existing trellis work that was on the property. In the rose garden all the trellis work is new, I just had to duplicate the style that was used. In the children's garden, all the trellis panels were added on to play upon the existing main ones with the brick and stone pillars. We also had to bring in some large scale material to match up some existing material that was on the site. We had historic pictures from the turn of the century forward and it actually had undergone a couple of different transformations through its lifetime. This is the latest one. It was quite an exciting project." 

Hogarty and Fort Hill Landscape and Design was awarded the Grand Prize from the New York State Landscape and Nursery Association for this garden restoration project.

Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community
The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit:

Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit:

Architectural Record Continuing Education Center
Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture
CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit:

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit:

The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
For more information visit:

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Liz Benton, Editor 
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Devonian Stone of New York, Inc.

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