Copley Wolff Design Group to Head Restoration of Old North Church Garden


Rendering of Old North Church gardens

Boston – Copley Wolff Design Group, Inc. (CWDG), a Boston-based landscape architecture and planning firm, is leading the landscape design on the garden restoration of a historical Boston landmark, the Old North Church.

Copley Wolff created the design plans that supplemented a larger grant proposal submitted by the Beacon Hill Garden Club on behalf of this project. The Garden Club of America has awarded the Beacon Hill Garden Club, which oversees the church’s garden, with the Founders Fund Award, a prestigious grant in the amount of $30,000.

The Old North Church is Boston’s oldest standing church and most visited historic site, attracting approximately a half million visitors each year. The Beacon Hill Garden Club will use funding from this grant to begin implementation of Copley Wolff’s landscape design concepts to enlarge the garden’s entrance, introduce trees and planting varieties of historical significance within raised plant beds, and incorporate more seating. The project will also include the construction and installation of a large glass-and-water feature, on which Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Paul Revere’s Ride, will be engraved.

The Founders Fund Award will be instrumental in getting the project started this fall. The team is aspiring to have the reconfigured garden complete prior to the church’s 300th birthday in 2022.


“Our firm is elated to have been involved in the development of this award winning proposal, and grateful the project was deemed worthy of such an honor,” says Sean Sanger, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal at Copley Wolff Design Group. “Upon its completion, our collaborative design process will create a garden that supports Old North Church’s mission, and establish an environment with historical and educational value for the city of Boston.”