DeSantana has been commissioned to work on several historically significant projects including Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, Shepard's Hall at CUNY in New York City and most recently Chemours World Headquarters in Wilmington, DE.
Our collaboration from the first site visit and project plan review to choosing the historically appropriate materials to the design and execution has been a key element in each of these restorations. Our team brings an understanding of each aspect and an enormous amount of experience for the client's vision and the work itself.
Chemours World Headquarters
Chemours Headquarters | Wilmington, Delaware
Updating a Landmark
As part of a significant re-development of the 110-year old historic DuPont Building, DeSantana was awarded the contract to deliver new marble, quartzite and granite for each of the thirteen floors. We are working with Mark Rizzo of Joseph Rizzo & Sons in New Castle, Delaware, Erik Krupp of InTEch Construction and Ashley Phillips of L2 Partridge Architects, both of Philadelphia.
A team trip to the fabrication facilities in Italy included the design and construction representatives, as well as Chemours executives. All agreed that the experience was not only productive and informative, but also enjoyable. The result was streamlined decisions and efficient trouble-shooting: all important team members were present and details were discussed with our fabrication experts, and decisions were made efficiently saving time and cost.
Historical Garden Renovation
Located at Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens extends over 1099 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows. In 1906, Pierre S. DuPont, the American entrepreneur, purchased the existing farm and arboretum on the property and embarked on the transformation from a simple country farm into one of the leading horticultural displays in the country. Today Longwood Gardens consists of varied outdoor gardens ranging from formal to natural in their landscape design, and 20 underground fountains.
The gardens have recently undergone their largest renovation project in history: the revitalization of the historic Main Fountain Gardens. DeSantana is proud to have been awarded the contract to be a part of this important project. Below are photos of components for the “West Love Temple”, one of the gazebo structures on the property. Jane Kennelly of DeSantana Stone works with John Lehman, AIA of Highland Park, MD and with the Rizzo and Sons Masonry team, including Mark Rizzo and Tony Rizzo leading restoration and installation portions of the project. In these photos the components are being analyzed and documented to be either replaced or restored.
The stone used for the gardens in the early 1900's was imported from the Pietra di Vicenza stone quarries of Northern Italy. These historical quarries have been in operation since the Roman times, and continue to supply the famed limestone preferred by Palladio and the most accomplished architects in the world.
DeSantana was awarded the contract for replacing the Lagos Azul stone treads in the Great Hall at Shepard Hall, the largest building and the centerpiece of the City University of New York, in NYC. The building, modeled after a Gothic cathedral, has a large chapel assembly hall called the Great Hall, which has a mural painted by Edwin Blashfield called "The Graduate", and the stage is flanked by two sets of stairs that have deteriorated over the years and are now being replaced. DeSantana is thrilled to be a part of this amazing architectural structure, and one that has historical and community significance.