Green-Wood Cemetery Education and Welcome Center
A new Welcome and Education Center will strengthen the visitors’ experience of Green-Wood Cemetery as a cultural institution for art, history, and nature. Founded in 1838, the 478-acre Green-Wood Cemetery was a prelude to New York City’s public parks and has become a cultural landmark.
A visible point of arrival with the landmarked Weir Greenhouse, the new building will orient the public before they chart their own paths through the landscape across the street. The design features an L-shaped volume that surrounds the restored historic greenhouse with expansive and uphill views towards the Cemetery and the Richard Upjohn Arches. Its massing is organized by a one-story volume that relates to the existing greenhouse and a two-story volume along the west of the building site, introducing a new entry courtyard. Within, flexible spaces for gathering, exhibition, education, and staff work will expand the city and neighborhood’s existing cultural fabric.
Landscape: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates