Estelle’s Garden Pine Street Inn
The Pine Street Inn, a shelter serving Boston’s community of homeless people, opened a new facility to accommodate 110 women guests in 1997. Working with Inn staff and the project architect, CRJA-IBI Group donated complete schematic designs for The Women’s Garden, located adjacent to the new shelter.
The south facing 2,000 sq ft garden features comfortable benches and sitting walls, backed by vine-covered walls with terracotta cameo sculptures of guest’s faces, and fragrant flowering trees, shrubs, groundcovers and bulbs. A splashing fountain provides visual focus and softening of nearby traffic noise. Honeylocust trees cast light shade overhead and an acrylic-covered trellis will extend the season of use. Along Paul Sullivan Way, sculptor Dimitri Gerakaris integrated the form of the garden’s plants into his designs for decorative window grilles in the brick wall and the gate leading into the garden.
The garden provides a safe place off the streets where women guests of the shelter can enjoy an inviting and nurturing garden in the heart of a hard-surfaced industrial and transportation neighborhood. On summer evenings, it is accessible from within the shelter.