It’s no secret that the Masonic Gardens in Elizabethtown have long been the perfect place for a wedding ceremony and reception. As lovely as the gardens were, by 2012 the operators of Masonic Village felt it was time for an update and expansion of the facilities.
The first phase of the improvement project began with the addition of a large active water fountain and pool located at the center of the formal garden. The Witmer Group was brought on board to perform the stone masonry work. Upon completion of the fountain, the second phase included the replacement of a cascading waterfall and twin stone stairways.
One of the challenges of this project was meeting a tight schedule while working around the Spring and Summer garden activities, and then the severe winter of 2013/2014. Many other challenges were presented due to the nature of the project. Every piece of stone had to be custom fabricated to fit in its place with no room for errors. We worked closely with the designers of the gardens and the stone fabricators to insure that over 1,000 pieces of stone were fabricated to exacting standards and tolerances and were delivered to the jobsite for installation within a very narrow time frame. This required Witmer’s project managers to communicate closely between the architectural designers and four different stone suppliers. The end result was an amazingly beautiful garden area, an exquisite water feature and delighted owners.
Their workmanship and dedication to detail was outstanding, and their enthusiasm to do the job right was refreshing.J. Drew, Registered Architect