125. Duncan McArthur Hall: Interior Courtyard
126. Duncan McArthur Hall: Exterior Courtyard
127. Duncan McArthur and Jean Royce Halls: Existing Condition
128. Duncan McArthur and Jean Royce Halls: Improvement Concept
24 WEST CAMPUS: McARTHUR AND JEAN ROYCE HALLS|
Duncan McArthur and Jean Royce Halls require a planting design overhaul to create a more complete and unified landscape in keeping with the campus image.
Priority rating: 2
This landscape dates back to the 1970's. Although presently in very poor condition, the remnant of its original structure still represents a good example of landscape architecture for that period. Overall, the planting appears incomplete and inappropriately altered, creating a disjointed impression. Tree species are varied, from ornamental to naturalized species, including Honeylocust, Ash, Norway Maple, Pyramidal Oak, Cherry, Linden, Mountain Ash, Spruce and Scot's Pine. Several interior courtyards with very poor plantings appear unused. There are no significant street tree plantings. The Cherry and Ash trees at the entrance are storm damaged, diseased and in declining health. The exterior courtyard between the two wings of Duncan McArthur Hall is in good condition. The front terrace with former pools and fountains is in fair condition.
New plantings for Duncan McArthur and Jean Royce Halls should follow the theme of "less is more". A new entrance planting is recommended. The Cherry trees should be removed and replaced with a more typical street tree planting as on the main campus. Ornamental plantings should be maintained to reinforce the architectural style of the building. Plantings should be in rows or bosques for a formal appearance. The exterior courtyards should have excess trees removed to allow select trees room to develop. The remaining interior courtyards should have plantings removed completely and paved. These areas should not be planted unless proper user and maintenance access is provided.
The west campus appears to require high maintenance which could be reduced by organizing tree plantings in beds wherever possible, either a mulch bed or underplantings of shrubs and groundcover. The maintenance requirements for the interior courtyards are very high and these spaces may be considered for sculpture installations or specifically designed xeriscapes.
Acer saccharum, Sugar Maple and cultivars
Fraxinus americana, White Ash
Ginkgo biloba, Maidenhair Tree
Quercus rubra, Red Oak
Tilia sp., Linden
Ulmus 'Pioneer', Pioneer Elm
Betula papyrifera, Paper Birch
Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata', Pyramidal Hornbeam
Cercis canadensis, Redbud
Fagus sp., Beech cultivars
Malus sp., Flowering Crabapples
Quercus robur, English Oak
Abies concolor, Silver Fir
Metasequoia glyptostroboides, Dawn Redwood
Picea sp., Spruce species (Norway, Colorado)
Pinus strobus, White Pine