Truman Hall, U.S. NATO Ambassador Residence Master Landscape Rehabilitation Plan
Truman Hall, home of the U.S. Ambassador to NATO in Brussels, is on the Secretary of State’s Register of Culturally Significant Properties.
The house is named in honor of President Harry S. Truman, one of the creators of NATO. Under the guidance of René Pechère, the original landscape architect of the grounds, 27 acres of barren agricultural land were transformed into gentle hills and valleys, meadows, and formal gardens. A curvaceous cobbled drive lined with roses leads to the tree-lined approach to the residence. The home overlooks a sweeping lawn, towering cedars, a classic parterre garden, and an herb garden. An original children’s playground, giant sequoia circle and labyrinth are still effective landscape elements. Discrete paths wind through sequestered corners for quiet reflection.
We worked with the project architects and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations to develop a Comprehensive Landscape Plan for the grounds. The scope of the project entails researching the site’s history and the original landscape design concept, identifying the Period of Significance and character defining features, and documenting changes over time.
We will undertake a site analysis to evaluate the integrity and significance of the site and determine the appropriate preservation approach. A Preservation Treatment Plan, Site Lighting Master Plan, Maintenance Plan for use in a Sustainability Manual, and a Historic Landscape Report will also be prepared for the historic property. All of these planning documents will provide guidance for how to make landscape improvements that adapt the site to current day needs of the mission, while respecting and preserving the historic character of this culturally significant property.