Hynson Pavilion Wins Top Honors for Architecture


One Eastern Shore and three Annapolis area architectural firms took top honors for design excellence In the second annual Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture awards program at Easton's Tidewater Inn Wednesday, November 19th. “We are honoring these ‘war heroes’ for performance far beyond what is merely expected of an architect,” chapter president Wayne Good said, in making the presentations. Taking first place was Chesapeake Architects, a Chestertown firm, for Washington College's Lelia Hynson Pavilion on the Chester River. Ferdinand Johns AlA and Hammond Associates, both of Annapolis, and Wheeler and Goodman Architects, Pasadena, were honored with citations of merit.

Winners were selected from 16 projects submitted by Chesapeake Bay Chapter member firms, and chosen by a jury of award-winning Philadelphia architects, Bernie Cywinski, Richard Meyer, and John Lawson.  The panel described the Lelia Hynson Pavilion as "a park structure that is both simple and sophisticated ... all in all, an exuberant, exciting and polished piece of architecture.

"Using materials appropriate to a shore building - both traditional and familiar - the ample stepping decks connect it to the landscape in an appealing and natural way while fulfilling the program need to receive large

numbers of people,” the jury noted. Its design is marked by a “lean approach with no frills, in which careful detailing, structure, construction and image all fit together.”

Chesapeake Architects' Peter Newlin explains:  "In the medium of ordinary sticks and shingles, we strove to achieve imagery, which is both dramatic and quiet, like birds in flight, and a sailboat on a beam reach."

reprinted from the Kent County News
photographs © J.Tyler Campbell

The Chester River Pavilion from Town Park

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