The Fort Worth Botanic Garden Project Earns Preservation Project Award
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Bennett Benner Partners (BBP) earned the 2016 Preservation Project Award for its restoration of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Cascade Fountain and Upper Rose Garden Shelter at Historic Fort Worth’s Preservation Awards Ceremony, held Sept. 22, at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The award recognized Phase II of the two-part project; Phase I was also honored with a Preservation Project Award in 2014.
Originally constructed in 1933, the Garden Cascade Fountain and Upper Rose Garden Shelter was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. In 2015, BBP worked with the Fort Worth Garden Club to repair the site’s infrastructure while protecting its historic character. In Phase II of the project, the firm renovated fountains, reinforced walls and walkways and upgraded lighting for evening visitors. The restoration also included the addition of a new lion’s head sculpture carved from limestone – developed by local artist Kevin Austin – to replace the cast stone head that was installed after the original was destroyed.
BBP’s reception of the Preservation Project Award showcases the firm’s dedication to maintaining Fort Worth’s historic landmarks and excellence in the restoration of an 85-year-old site.
“The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is one of the few places in our city where all walks of life peacefully connect – to us, that’s meaningful design worth preserving,” said Michael Bennett, principal and CEO at BBP. “We’re proud to be recognized for our restorative work on this site and thankful to Historic Fort Worth for its commitment to preserving Fort Worth’s treasures.”
Historic Fort Worth, Inc., is dedicated to preserving Fort Worth’s unique identity through stewardship, education and leadership. Each year, the organization’s Preservation Awards program honors projects in four categories: preservation projects, residential rehabilitation, great stewards of historic places and significant achievements of individuals or organizations in the preservation of the city’s historic resources. Projects are evaluated based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.