Featuring Dix Park Stone Houses!
We’re kicking off World Landscape Architecture Month with @ASLA by highlighting a developing project: the Dix Park Stone Houses. This is an on-the-boards effort which comes on the heels of the park’s newly adopted Master Plan and is one of the pilot projects to result from that initiative.
Founded in 1856 by activist Dorthea Dix as a historically significant mental health campus, the land that is now Dix Park was recently acquired as Raleigh’s largest park, at over 300 acres. While the park has gone through several transitions over the years, it has remained a vital part of the history and community experience in Raleigh, even hosting @Dreamvillefest this past weekend which welcomed around 50,000 attendees! Our team is working to adapt the site surrounding 3 historic stone houses which were once residences for members of the original hospital’s staff. In fact, two of these houses were moved to their current location from elsewhere in the park! As landscape architects, we are excited to help shape this park as it continues to provide historic and meaningful personal connections for the residents of Raleigh.
The revitalized exterior space will welcome visitors to an outdoor classroom, amenity plaza, and newly accessible walkways interwoven between all buildings and across the natural site. Together, these create a cohesive space designed to enrich the daily life of those with offices in the stone house and provide improved connections for visitors to Dix Park including visual connections to the stunning panoramas of Downtown Raleigh. Swipe to see the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Stone Houses’ interior renovations and keep an eye out as this project develops with site work beginning later this year. Stay tuned for more updates from our landscape architecture team throughout the month of April!