Glen View Club Historic Landscape Plan
Glen View Club
A lecture by landscape historian Barbara Geiger, given to the Glen View Club Board of Directors and members, brought to their attention the significance of the club’s historic landscape design by landscape architect O. C. Simonds. Stimulated by this lecture, several members formed a landscape committee to pursue the redevelopment of the club’s historic landscape.
An early obstacle was the lack of historic photographs or drawings, and the committee decided it was not possible to restore the original plan. The committee subsequently retained Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. and Ms. Geiger to prepare landscape plans for the area surrounding the clubhouse with the goal of designing the landscape in the style and spirit of Simonds while accommodating the program, circulation, mature trees, and other features that had changed since the time of Simonds’ plan. The new plan maintains the wooded and natural character of the club, though many invasive and non-historic plants had been removed. Planting beds are layered in Simonds’ style and designed to frame vistas to and from the clubhouse. Views from the building were opened up to the fairways to extend the view. Planting beds were designed to create “rooms” around the clubhouse. For example, the area around the historic Jackman fountain was redesigned as a separate feature and place where a user would feel secluded and sheltered.
With no record of the original plant material and very few original plants remaining, new plants were selected by the landscape architect based on known historic use by Simonds, and the designs were developed based on the landscape architect’s knowledge of Simonds’ approach to landscape design. Plans call for phased implementation starting with the clubhouse and pro shop, with other areas of the grounds to follow over the next several years.