Greek Revival Garden Folly

Haddonstone pavillion chosen for Winterthur landscape

The Client

Henry Francis du Pont’s 170-room 1,000-acre estate is one of America’s most celebrated and most visited historic homes. Du Pont was an avid collector of antiques and architectural elements and he travelled extensively to study the great gardens of Europe. The gardens are 60-acres of rolling green hills speckled by blossoming flowers, century old trees and delightful architectural follies.

The Brief

In the summer of 2017, Winterthur approached R G Architects for help with an outdoor exhibit. The museum’s garden curator wanted to showcase ”garden follies from around the world.”

With six such outbuildings already scattered across the property, the museum wanted to introduce an additional seven buildings, each in a representative architectural style, that would stand for two years, before being disassembled in 2020.


The Solution

Haddonstone’s Pavillion L9300 provided Winterthur with a quintessential neoclassical garden folly.  This product has been in Haddonstone’s garden range for over 20 years and offers a clean, elegant design that is perfectly matched for Winterthur’s rolling green hills.  Initially inspired by Haddonstone’s display at the Chelsea Flower Garden, the freestanding cast stone structure was modified so it could be taken down after two years, while still providing a sturdy stone aesthetic.

Chris Bowen of R G Architects conceived a way to make the pavilion demountable, while keeping its masonry and mortar construction. Bowen and his team built a steel super structure hidden within the pavilion, allowing it to be assembled and taken apart with ease. The design proved to be so effective that, onsite at Winterthur, the pavilion was actually installed by carpenters.

The structure’s wheat stone looks natural amidst Winterthur’s garden landscape. Standing over 10 feet tall, the pavilion makes for a noble shelter from the afternoon sun, especially as a soft breeze drifts through one of Haddonstone’s signature bullseye windows.

The Results

RG Architects placed the order in June 2017 and delivery took place in August 2017.  The final installation was completed in October 2017.

The client was delighted with Haddonstone’s commitment and that the Haddonstone Pavillion L9300 could be customized to suit the project.


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