Thanks to the leadership and generosity of the parents of the Class of 2013, along with members of the Hamilton family, St. Paul’s recently completed much needed improvements to the Hamilton Lawn. Dedicated in 2008 in honor of former Headmaster George Hamilton, the Hamilton Lawn is bounded by the Brooklandwood circle and is the site of numerous events, most importantly Commencement.
The multi-phase project incorporated renovation of the steps at the north end of the lawn; addition of a low site wall extending from the steps to the lawn; and removal of existing cedar trees screening Brooklandwood from the campus entrance on Falls Road that were replaced with large shade trees and shrubs. Additionally, a custom shade system was designed and will be put in place during graduation and other campus events to enhance guests’ comfort.
The Senior Parent Gift Committee, co-chaired by Michele and Bob Heacox and Gill and Clayton Shelhoss, generated support from more than 75 percent of the senior class parents and exceeded the effort’s goal of $155,000. Committee members were: Shari and Brian Nelson; Lora and Donald Peters; Kim and Ted Plass; and Kim and Tim Sauter.
The overall plan was shaped by Jamie Brown '91, a landscape architect and present parent, who was especially concerned with maintaining the historic elements of the lawn area.
Bryan Loane '81 designed and constructed the temporary shade structure, and Ted Carter '02 oversaw plantings, while Herb Dripps, a School grandparent and the builder of Fisher Hall, provided consultation regarding work on the stairs and wall that now better define the garden at the north end of the Lawn.
At the June 6 rededication of the Lawn, Headmaster Tom Reid recognized George Hamilton’s daughters in attendance, Welby Loane and Diane Boynton. In addition, the Committee surprised Mr. Reid and his wife, Ann, with the unveiling of a pair of teak benches. Inscribed in the Reids’ honor, the benches will overlook the Lawn from the porch of Brooklandwood.