HMTC CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL GARDEN
The grounds around Welwyn preserve were originally designed by Martha Brookes Brown Hutcheson and James Leal Greenleaf, along with Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., E.C. Whiting, Olmsted Brothers and Mrs. Harriet Pratt.
Harriet Pratt created the beautiful garden that today serves as the HMTC's Children's Memorial Garden, a living memorial dedicated to the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust and the more than 3.5 million children in all who died during World War II.
The structures serve both functional and conceptual program. Functionally they will shade. Conceptually they will recall the wooden garden structures of the past, in the historical physical sense. However it's more important what they recall within our subconscious. The essence of wood is ingrained in the soul of the European Jewish diaspora: "landscapes of the mind that have given us a sense of homeland."
"Wood is a living material, it will weather, which speaks of aging and the natural order of things. It will speak to many generations that will enjoy the shade and benefit by ones presence in the garden during the occasional spoken message, music or entertainment."
- Stuart Narofsky, FAIA, LEED AP