February 4, 2013

The deCordova working group convened to discuss next steps for the planning process.

January 12, 2013

DeCordova's Overseers and nearest neighbors on Sandy Pond Road are invited to gather at deCordova today from 10 - 11:30 am for a repeat discussion of the new Landscape Master Plan with Director Dennis Kois and to learn more about deCordova's vision for the future.

December 10, 2012

DeCordova’s nearest neighbors on Sandy Pond Road and Baker Bridge Road are invited to gather at deCordova this evening at 6:00PM to discuss the new Landscape Master Plan with Director Dennis Kois and learn more about deCordova’s vision for the future. 

December 4, 2012

Eric Kramer (Reed Hilderbrand) and Mimi Love (Utile) returned to deCordova once again to present the plan to the Museum’s Overseers, staff, guides, and Lincoln Nursery School board members and faculty.  Those in attendance communicated a number of key questions and observations that were duly noted, and will be explored further as the process progresses.

November 27, 2012

Doug Reed, Eric Kramer, and Geoff Fritz from Reed Hilderbrand and Mimi Love from Utile presented their Landscape Master Plan recommendations to deCordova’s Board of Trustees. Members of the working group were in attendance as were senior staff and representatives from the Lincoln Nursery School. The plan was met with enthusiastic approval from the Board and a unanimous motion to have this visioning trajectory more forward (with next steps to be discussed at a subsequent meeting).

October 23, 2012

Dennis Kois, Faith Parker (deCordova Board President), Gerry Frank and Mary Tinti gathered at the Reed Hilderbrand office for a smaller pre-Board meeting strategy session.

October 9, 2012

The deCordova working group convened to discuss previous meeting and compile thoughts about the proposed plan.

September 24, 2012

Third convening of the Master Planning Working Group and Reed Hilderbrand

The team from Reed Hilderbrand presented strategies that would allow the deCordova campus to tap into its fullest potential, and facilitated a conversation about how to consider altering the configuration of the driveway, parking lot, and buildings for optimal visitor experience and staff/museum efficiency.

September 12, 2012

Doug Reed, Eric Kramer, and Geoff Fritz from Reed Hilderbrand came to do a walk-through of the site with Nick Capasso, Mary Tinti, David Duddy and Doug Holston, during the course of which they looked once again at deCordova land boundaries, wetlands, meadow conditions, grading, etc.

August 17, 2012

Second small strategy session at the Reed Hilderbrand office.

August 3, 2012

Smaller strategy session at the Reed Hilderbrand office with Dennis Kois, Gerry Frank, Nora Maroulis, Julie Bernson, and Mary Tinti to discuss in further detail the practicalities of some of the ideas and new directions brought forth at the June 15th meeting.

July 9, 2012

The following email went out to the Master Planning Working Group:

It is with great excitement that we share with you the announcement that the Massachusetts Cultural Council/Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded deCordova $30,000 for activities related to Facilities and Landscape Master Planning!  We are delighted with the news and grateful to Martha Winter and the small team responsible for steering and submitting our proposal. 

For more information on the grant program please visit the MCC website.

June 15, 2012

Second convening of the Master Planning Working Group and Reed Hilderbrand

The meeting began with the Reed Hilderbrand team reporting back on their research including: their general reading of the landscape, assessment of its organization and history, and analysis of current conditions and opportunities (in terms of both grounds and landscape). Together with the working group, Reed Hilderbrand initiated a discussion about the guiding principles in play at deCordova, which led to a dynamic “what if” conversation about future possibilities.  The meeting concluded with all in the room standing around large printouts of the landscape and excitedly tossing out suggestions and ideas to consider.

May 14, 2012

Dennis Kois shared with the Working Group the following timely New York Times article, “An Oasis, Once Gilded, Now Greened.”

April 30, 2012

Kickoff Workshop with Reed Hilderbrand, deCordova Master Planning Working Group, and deCordova senior staff

This Kickoff Workshop served as a means to introduce Reed Hilderbrand and their consultants (Utile, Green Shield Ecology, Vanasse Hangen and Brustlin, and Ecological Landscape Management) to the members of the deCordova working group and staff who would be participating directly in the master planning process.  The meeting began with an outline of the project goals and larger vision and led directly into a discussion of the proposed schedule and decision making process.  deCordova working group members and staff shared their initial impressions of the process as well as their key issues and central concerns.  All in attendance then went outside to walk around the site and conduct small group analysis of various deCordova assets and existing conditions.  The meeting concluding with a summary of the small group findings and a discussion of next steps.

April 28, 2012

Open Meeting with deCordova neighbors and Lincoln community

The Museum invited representatives from various cultural and civic organizations within the town of Lincoln as well as our nearest neighbors on Sandy Pond Road to an informal meeting / open dialogue about the Master Planning process.  We encouraged attendees to share their thoughts about the pleasures and perils of having deCordova as a neighbor and describe ways they hope the institution might responsibly think about its future as part of this community. We also answered questions about our near- and long-term plans.