The historic building now known as Pillar and Post in Niagara-on-the-Lake was first built in the 1890s as a canning factory for peaches and tomatoes. In 1972, 35 guestrooms were built and it was renamed The Pillar and Post Inn. Guestrooms grew to 122 with a major addition in 1994. The original post and beam construction of the 19th century structure is still evident today in the main wall in the sunlit lobby and throughout the restaurant.
Seferian Design Group was retained by Vintage Hotels to design a new six acre park and event space at the Pillar and Post in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The ‘Gardens’ will be located directly south of the current inn and spa and will be bordered by John Street, Regent Street, Anne Street, and King Street.
Our landscape architectural team, worked in conjunction with the architect, engineer, lighting and accoustical consultant to design the Monet-inspired garden space. The space will includes paved pathways, lily ponds complete with a pedestrian bridge, lawn spaces for events, a new event building, vegetable gardens, water features that will double as a skating rink, site amenities and furnishings, and lighting. The new space will also host the Vintage Hotel offices and will include a decorative stone wall around the park to allow for public and private access during events. Regent Street will also be closed to traffic and will be retrofitted with granite cobble.
Location: Niagara-on-the-lake, ON
Size: 6 ha
Client: Vintage Hotels
SDG, Landscape Architects
Oakridge Landscape Contractors, Landscape Contractor
ACK Architects, Architects
Jackson Ponds. Pond Design
Smart Watering Systems, Irrigation
Tree Preservation Plan, Conceptual Design, Design Development, Detail Design, Permit Package, Construction Drawings.
“Ceremonial planting at NOTL’s Pillar and Post kicks off Garden Project” Satbir Singh, Niagara-on-the-Lake Advance, June 7, 2019.
“Gardens project at Vintage Hotels moving forward” Brittany Carter, Niagara Now, February 5, 2019.
“Revised expansion plans proposed for Pillar & Post” Melinda Cheevers, Niagara-On-The-Lake Town Crier, July 25, 2016.
2022 Architecture MasterPrize in the Landscape Architecture – Gardens category
2022 DNA Paris Design Award in the Landscape Design, Parks & Public Spaces, Educational, Community & Recreation Facilities category
2022 Niagara Biennial Design Award for outstanding achievement in Landscape Architecture.
2022 Landscape Ontario Award of Excellence