Murrells Inlet, SC

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Completion:  2022

Brookgreen Gardens is America’s first public sculpture garden and a cultural treasure in South Carolina. In the 1990s, Craig Gaulden Davis (CGD) created the master plan for a new visitor center which led to the construction of the education center, museum shop, and brick arch portico that together provided a formal entrance to the expansive figurative sculpture gardens. Almost thirty years later, in 2017, CGD and Brookgreen regrouped to evaluate the 1990’s master plan and are moving forward with the original vision, to have a Conservatory on Brookgreen’s campus. CGD designed a new 20,000 sf Conservatory with arched, perforated brick that complements the Moorish design language seen at Atalaya Castle and other garden facilities. The building will serve as a welcome center and event venue featuring a large Great Hall, a glass structured butterfly garden, catering kitchen, coffee shop, exhibition greenhouse, and a terrace overlooking Fountain of the Muses. This addition will enable Brookgreen Gardens to expand educational programming and service offerings – allowing them to continue doing what they do so well – enchanting, inspiring, and educating visitors at the intersection of art and architecture in nature.