Set in a 33-acre park on the Narragansett Bay, the historic Blithewold estate was a private residence for several generations before opening to the public in 1980. The gardens were developed more than six decades ago and include a significant collection of rare and remarkable trees. As a major regional attraction with growing attendance, the gardens and arboretum draw thousands of annual visitors as well as provide the setting for special events throughout the year. OLIN worked with Ann Beha Architects to develop a master plan providing a phased strategy for developing and interpreting the house and gardens. The plan recommends improvements to accommodate growing visitation, increase operating revenues, and identify staffing and operations scenarios. The master plan will ultimately create a sustainable vision for the stewardship of Blithewold fitting of the heritage and beauty of this remarkable property.
Blithewood Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum