Nelson Byrd Woltz’s Design for Jay Estate Gardens Wins McKim, Mead & White Award

We are ecstatic to announce that The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) has named the winners of its 2023 McKim, Mead & White Awards for Excellence in Classical and New Traditional Design and that Nelson Byrd Woltz was a winner in the category of Landscape Architecture for their revitalization of the Jay Estate Gardens. The awards, named in honor of the landmark firm that had an indelible impact on the architecture of New York and the history of classicism in America, recognize achievement in architecture, interiors, landscape, urbanism, and building craftsmanship & artisanship throughout New York, New Jersey, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The in-person awards ceremony will take place at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on December 6. Read more here.

Together with the Jay Heritage Center’s programing and community outreach, NBW ‘s design of the Jay Estate Gardens was previously recognized by NY State Parks and Governor Kathy Hochul with an Excellence in Historic Preservation Award in December 2022. Since opening in June 2022, the gardens have attracted thousands of visitors of every age.

Top photo credit Kim Crichlow – Charlotte Barrows, Thomas Woltz and Mark Streiter next to the reconstructed rose arbor. Additional photos of the design journey are below. Photo credits JHC,  Kathleen Durkee, Cutty McGill, Max Touhey and Kim Crichlow.


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Read more about plans for the gardens here and the fundraising efforts behind them which started in earnest in 2014.