Landscaping Project to Give Facelift to Keen Johnson Building

Rendering of Keen Johnson Building landscape design

A landscaping project underway in front of the Keen Johnson Building will give the historic Eastern Kentucky University facility a fresh look.

A primary goal of the project is to improve the front view. Overgrown plantings will be removed and smaller species planted in their place. Parterre gardens will be developed from site lines and access points along the façade of the building and form small formal sitting areas. Garden paths will be constructed from recycled crushed brick and accented with historic black metal benches.

The $64,000 project was made possible through funding from The Donovan Endowment. Herman Lee Donovan, the fourth president of Eastern, left the endowment to periodically enhance “The Campus Beautiful,” as the EKU campus is known.

The contractor for the project is United Construction and Design from Mt. Washington. Eric Watson, an EKU graduate, is serving as job superintendent. The architect was M2D Design Group of Lexington.

The work is expected to be complete by late November.

The Keen Johnson Building, named for a former Kentucky governor and Eastern Regent from Richmond, was built in 1939 as a WPA project, during Donovan’s tenure as president. It first served as the student union and now serves as home to the Teaching and Learning Center and numerous receptions, banquets and conferences. The clock tower atop the building is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the Richmond campus

Published on October 27, 2010