July 11, 2013
A beautifully landscaped community garden and the historic restoration of Flushing Town Hall’s portico and exterior woodwork were both cause for a recent ribbon cutting celebration at Flushing Town Hall. This DDC project includes a complete restoration of the original wood elements of the entry portico and façade, including the column shafts, capitals, and ceiling panels. In addition, new copper rain gutters were added to address existing water drainage issues and to help maintain the integrity of the newly restored woodwork. The aging stone entry steps were replaced and all adjoining metal adornments and rails were painted. An ADA handicapped lift, customized with glass panels to minimize visual bulk and painted to match existing metal work, was also installed to bring the facility up to code.
The garden to the east of the building entry required improvements to all ground surfaces. Hardscape surfaces are now enhanced with geometrically patterned natural bluestone and a plethora of new plantings enhance the entire garden space. At the request of the local community, a bluestone-lined fountain, edged with dense bamboo planting indigenous to Asia, was integrated into the design. A permanent bluestone bench was also installed, oriented toward the existing performance balcony.