New video presentation of exciting concepts for the North Plat and the Garver building, created by Parker Jones, UW-Landscape Architecture graduate. The Garver Re-Use committee worked with Parker throughout the 2013-14 school year to provide community input for his senior capstone project. Parker presented his ideas to an appreciative SASY crowd in April 2014.

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Relevant Documents

Click below to view a slide presentation of a concept for the Garver building as ruin garden plus museum, cafe, gift shop, etc.. The ad-hoc Garver committee spoke to the Parks Commission in a public hearing on 9 Nov 2011.

Past Update

"Brick 101" Session: What Makes a Brick Happy?

Thursday, February 7 2013, 6:30p.m at Olbrich Botanical Gardens

The public is invited to attend a community meeting to understand the Garver Feed Mill's late 19th century/early 20th century masonry construction and the study methods being employed by Facility Engineering, Inc. to evaluate the condition of the bricks and the efforts required to stabilize the Mill.

The topics to be addressed include the history of masonry, the characteristics of the specific brick used to construct Garver Feed Mill, the materials used for brick-making and repair, and the difference between historic and contemporary bricks and masonry. In addition, types of distress and proper and improper brick repairs will be explained. The meeting will end with a review of the methods the consultants are going through to gather information about Garver Feed Mill's condition.

Discussion to be lead by Charles Quagliana, a local preservation architect with more than 30 years of experience, and whose firm has a contract with the City of Madison to evaluate the Feed Mill.

Information can also be found on the project's web site:

Click for the City's press release...

OBS Input Sessions:

If you are interested in adding your voice to this conversation there are 5 public stakeholder meetings scheduled January through May 2013 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. SASY is helping to sponsor these input sessions. The meetings will engage the community to inform future improvements -- specifically the creation of a schematic plan for the Olbrich Botanical Garden Public Facilities. Please see this invitation for additional details.

Public Stake Holder Flyer