Beloved Brick Rose Arbor at LIU Post Restored to Roaring '20s Glory
Designed by renowned architect Marian Coffin, distinctive series of brick arches was restored with gift from anonymous donor
Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University
A 90-year-old brick rose arbor at LIU Post, a campus landmark and popular tranquil setting for generations of students, has been restored to its Gold Coast grandeur.
The series of brick arches, designed by famed landscape architect Marian Coffin as part of the estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, had fallen into disrepair after decades of northeastern winters. The restoration was funded by a donor, who has asked not to be identified. The arbor, 178 feet in length, was restored by a member of the university's Facilities Services department.
"The Rose Arbor is one of the most striking features on campus, and students have loved it since LIU Post was established in 1955," said campus historian Kenneth Mensing. "We are delighted that the campus community and the public can now see it as it was intended to look, and we are very grateful to the benefactor who made it possible."
The rose bushes themselves –some 28 species from the Bobbink & Atkins nursery of East Rutherford, N.J. – originally climbed on the arbor's arches, but as nearby trees grew taller and blocked out sunlight, they became difficult to care for and were moved to a nearby garden.
Marjorie Merriweather Post, the daughter of breakfast cereal magnate Charles William Post, inherited her father's company and built it into a large conglomerate. As a female executive, she was decades ahead of her time.
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