Moore Square, a four-acre, 220-year-old public space, is one of five original Squares established by William Christmas’ 1792 plan for the Capital of North Carolina and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since, the originally planned public space and circulatory networks have diminished by almost 50%, evident in the thriving urban context of contemporary Raleigh. The Master Plan design honors the Square’s historic heritage while establishing a forward-looking vision for a 21st century urban space, enhancing the park and improving the quality of life for residents. The Master Plan respectfully builds upon the site’s most unique and significant characteristics, expanding its spatial, experiential and programmatic range by introducing a centralized civic landform. This design feature energizes and organizes the site into visually and functionally distinct spaces that accommodate a wider range of uses than the Square has ever offered historically.
This project was awarded a 2013 ASLA award in Analysis and Planning. Please visit the following URL to view the article from the American Society of Landscape Architects. (http://www.asla.org/2013awards/187.html)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Urban Park Renovation / Public Park on National Register of Historic Places
Counts Studio Lead Designer/ Prime Consultant
Urban Trees + Soils James Urban, Tree and Soils Consultant
The John R. McAdams Company Civil Engineer
Elizabeth K. Meyer, Cultural Landscape Consultant
Frank Harmon Architect: Consulting Architect
The Natural Learning Initiative, Children's Play Consultant
Cynthia Rice, Consulting Landscape Architect
The F.A. Barlett Tree Expert Company, Arborist
Integrated Water Strategies, Stormwater Consultant
Capitol Building Consultants, Cost Estimator
Plan diagrams illustrating the original 1792 Town Plan
Diagram of two public Squares that now remain, despite population growth in Raleigh.