Pebbles In The Pond: News & Musings by Landscape Architect Dick Bell

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N&O: Delapidated Gem Will Yield To Housing August 30, 2010

Filed under: Media coverage — Blueplate PR @ 6:35 pm

Monday, August 30, 2010


This N&O photo was taken inside (looking out) of what used to be my office...

RALEIGH — In its time, the Water Garden stood as a shrine to modern design: a complex of low-slung, hill-hugging offices surrounded by tall, ivy-covered pine trees and ponds topped with lily pads.

You’d never guess from the car dealerships and furniture warehouses that such a gem stood hidden off Glenwood Avenue. And for the last three years, the complex has slowly rotted and gathered squatters’ trash.

But now the site of the 11-acre Water Garden campus, home and life’s work of master landscape architect Dick Bell, is being put to use. Starting next spring, its lush and rolling hills will be converted to low-income housing in a northwest Raleigh neighborhood where it is sorely needed.


One Response to “N&O: Delapidated Gem Will Yield To Housing”

  1. Cheryl Wilder Says:

    Hello. I am writing because I used to work for Ligon Flynn, but not in the usual sense–I’m not an architect. I’m writing a book based on his architectural philosophies, and I know you had a major influence on him. Would you be willing to talk with me? I’m not looking for an in-depth interview and I certainly do not want to impose. I moved to Raleigh a few months ago and was wanting to visit your old office, then saw this article and realized I may be too late. Ligon talked highly of you and his time in the office, so I hope to see it even if the windows are broken. I hope to hear from you. Thank you.

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