Murrells Inlet, SC

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Completion:  Est. Fall 2025

In 2017, almost thirty years after the Craig Gaulden Davis master plan effort for Brookgreen Gardens, the team regrouped to move forward with the original vision of a Conservatory on the Brookgreen campus. The new 20,000 sf Conservatory with arched, perforated brick complements the Moorish design language seen at Atalaya Castle and other garden facilities. The building is designed as a prominent attraction and event venue featuring a large Great Hall, a glass-enclosed butterfly garden, catering kitchen, coffee/information bar, exhibition greenhouse, and a terrace overlooking the Fountain of the Muses. The addition enables 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.

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.