Marion Square is a ten-acre site that holds a crucial position in the urban structure of Charleston, as well as its complex social history. In recent years prior to our redesign, the landscape of Marion Square had been substantially eroded by overuse. The primary planning and design issues addressed by the new design include the interpretation of the site’s history, introduction of a new performance area, incorporation of a paved farmers market area, and the complete redesign of all site furniture, pavement, planting, lighting, and signage. A new fountain with aquatic plants marks the public corner of the park. The design also reflects Charleston’s horticultural role as a port of entry for exotic vegetation in the southern United States; promenades framed by native and exotic plant species border the square. In addition, the project included the conservation of historic monuments and a study that identifies future monument sites.
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