Wave Hill Master Plan


Cultural/Historic, Parks and Open Spaces


Master Planning


Wave Hill


Bronx, NY





Site Area

28 acres

Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades.  Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education, and the arts.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the former estate contains an 1843 stone mansion and magnificent gardens on a dramatically sloped hillside.

The master plan for Wave Hill provides a comprehensive plan that addresses both the spirit of the place and its on-going needs as a thriving public venue.  MNLA’s thorough analysis identifies four key needs that will assist Wave Hill in identifying its priority funding requests for the next ten years.  These needs include providing universal accessibility to all buildings and major garden areas, rehabilitation of an underused historic structure, creating new outdoor program areas within the woodlands, and strategic improvements to facilitate maintenance and evening visitorship.

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View of Perkins Visitor Center Plaza from the Main Drive
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View of New Picnic Area at Glyndor Terrace
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View of New Connection Between Conservatory and Wild Garden
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View of Elevated Overlook Ramp to Upper Gardens
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View of New Ramp to Elliptical Garden to Ecology Building Entrance
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View of the Rain Garden Along the Woodland Trail