Community leaders, historic neighborhood representatives and Heritage Guild members and directors, Chestnut Square employees and volunteers gathered recently to celebrate a two-year project, which resulted in a new public name, new logo, monument signage and wrought iron fence structures surrounding 75 percent of the 2-acre property.
An advisory committee was formed to offer historical perspective and input, qualify the design elements, and work together to produce the most significant change to the Chestnut Square campus in over 20 years.
Last year, work began on a new logo, incorporating the organizational name (Heritage Guild of Collin County) and the museum property name Chestnut Square, and the mission of Preservation, Celebration and Education. Once the name was crafted, work began on the logo, which was adopted in November 2018.
Meanwhile, site preparation was underway for the monument signage, and once the logo was adopted, fabrication of the signs began. From concept to fabrication to installation, the sign component was a year long endeavor. Once the signs were erected, the fencing followed. Twenty-year-old wood lattice fencing was removed, and powder coated wrought iron fencing was mounted, designed to connect new components with the original fencing along Chestnut Street.
“This project will endure beyond our lifetimes” said Executive Director Jaymie Pedigo, “so it was important that we get it right. It sets a more formal and inclusive tone for the property, and lends itself to a more dignified aesthetic and protection for our most cherished historic structures. Our thanks to MCDC, and everyone who played a role in the culmination of this vision.”
Everyone in the crowd played a role in this project – from MCDC who funded three-quarters of it – to Chestnut Square volunteers – to community members who advocated for it and city leadership who supported it.