Stroll through the Midway Readers and North Winter Garden

Located in the north panels between Woodlawn and Ellis Avenues. A South counterpart is planned for the next couple of years!

More in the Midway home page including winter views and at the Linne statue. Here we progress westward not long after the garden was inaugurated. It matured and we close with early autumn gold in the late afternoon. Background rationale and coverage of opening.

Following the pictures, below: Plans rolled out for a different South Winter Garden.

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Linne (Lineaus) statue in the Midway Readers and  Winter Garden, east of Ellis at 59th, near University of Chicago Linne (Lineaus) statue in the Midway Readers and  Winter Garden, east of Ellis at 59th, near University of Chicago
Linne (Lineaus) statue in the Midway Readers and  Winter Garden, east of Ellis at 59th, near University of Chicago Linne (Lineaus) statue in the Midway Readers and  Winter Garden, east of Ellis at 59th, near University of Chicago
Linne (Lineaus) statue in the Midway Readers and  Winter Garden, east of Ellis at 59th, near University of Chicago Midway North Winter and Readers Garden

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Plans rolled out for a very different South Winter Garden, April 26, 2007

The blocks between Woodlawn and Ellis on the north side of 60th Street and across from Burton-Judson dorm, the Law School, and the structure holding the Harris Policy School etc. will be the scene of construction in 2007 of a new South Winter Garden.

Richard Bumstead, University Planner; Claudine Malik, Capital Project Manager, Chicago Park District; and Sonya Malunda, Assistant Vice President, Community and Government Affairs, the University of Chicago, with introduction by Alderman Leslie A. Hairston (5th) presented plans s elaborated by Site Design Group, Ltd. and reviewed by the Midway Plaisance Working Group.

In contrast to the curvilinear, almost Jensenian but still English, plan of the North Winter Garden (which plays off the U of C Gray City while never forgetting it lives within Olmsted's stately line of trees and "canal," the South Garden will be very strictly geometric, playing off Saarinen's Law School and Mies' School of Social Service Administration and even resembling one of Wright's windows (Midway Gardens) or a Mondrian painting. It's unmistakably of the 20th century. It will also have more topographical relief than the North does, including square mounds that are virtual pyramids, plazas, and sweeps of 3-D fescue grasses as well as a garden of both annuals and perennials, and a goodly amount (but less?) of the evergreens that distinguish it as a "winter" garden, of visual interest the year around. There will be a significant rectangular open gazebo that will scream modernist architecture and serve fro gatherings and maybe performances and rituals, have a green roof and a hole in the roof and floor with planted bamboo. Separately there will be a center plaza with a "feature" opportunity--sculpture is being assessed. There will also be both paved desire paths through the panels and a semi maze of straight-line 90- degree angle paths or walls or lines of burning bush low hedges. These will echo both modern design and french formal garden traditions (cf Grant Park). The center third will be abut twice as densely developed as the outer wings. Both garden bed and lawn areas will be sprinkled. A very few existing trees will be removed. The historic bridle and running path (crushed gravel) will be relocated to the outside of the south line of historic trees, along the 60th St. curb. Major crossing paths between main and south campus will be straightened while creating new desire paths. Problems encountered with the North Garden are being avoided.

Design objectives:

Here is the plan. See below for legends.

Plan for the Midway Plaisance South Winter Garden, 2007. Site Design Group, Ltd.

Here are legends, small and obscured in the supplied printout.

Top (west) to bottom. Those along the "Eastbound Midway Plaisance" roadway (north side):

Low evergreen ground cover [on Ellis edge], [cross desire paths] 5'wide bike trail mix path (Typ)

[first darker green square indicating rising elevation to an asymmetric "center":] Turf panel and raised landform.

[lighter green passim:] Fescue mix 12"-18" ht (Typ)

[in center, intensely developed plane--changed from depressed to distinct landform with ground cover]

[lighter thin paths:] 4' w. exp. aggregate concrete path [some are 7']

[pointing to circle:] tree in pavement cutout

[above that:] concrete paver plaza area

Typ uplighting for tree grove sculpture

[defining the east and west edges of the center panel:] 15'-20' ht deciduous hedge [with in middle] specialty paver entry pad

[in east panel:] seating "C" w/back (typ)

3' wide bike td rail mix path

[pointing to the wider path running the length:] existing asphalt path

[at east edge Woodlawn Ave interface:] concrete paver vista terrace 9typ)

 

Legends along 60th

Area lighting (typ)

[along Ellis walk:] 30-38" ht evergreen entry marker

[main north-south walks bracketing central garden and aligning with n-s walks either side of skating ink:] 7' aggregate concrete path

[pointing to "purple" shaded garden area:] mixed shrub border/herbaceous gardens (typ)

[in central garden opposite center for Laws School reflecting pool] Focal point opportunity

trash receptacle (typ)

turf grass (typ)

[pointing to black mark along path and in reddish area:] seating "B" w/back (typ)

[asymmetrically centered rectangle within dark square- the pavilion:] void to garden below

pavilion with green rooftop

path lighting (typ)

[pointing to the new path along 60th, replacement for bridle path:] bike trail mix jogging/bridle path

[pointing to one of he narrow orange lines:] 42" ht deciduous hedge row

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