Class of 1942 Garden

In May 2002, members of Penn's Class of 1942, celebrating their 60th reunion year, visited the Kelly Writers House. As part of its 60th reunion gift, the class pledged to support the complete renovation of the garden at the Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk.

Click here to see photos of the Dedication of the completed garden, Homecoming Weekend, November 2003.

Click on the photo to the right to see photographs taken during the 2002 reunion meeting to discuss the proposed garden with Class of 1942 Professor and Faculty Dirctor of the Writers House, Al Filreis.

Click here for a Daily Pennsylvanian brief.

Click here for photos of the summer 2003 renovation in progress and here for a photo of the garden before renovation.

Below are photos of the completed garden:

The Quality of Heaven

William Carlos Williams

Without other cost than breath
and the poor soul,
carried in the cage of the ribs,
chirping shrilly

I walked in the garden. The
garden smelled of roses.
The lilies' green throats opened
to yellow trumpets

that craved no sound and the rain
was fresh in my face,
the air a sweet breath.

the heat was oppressive

dust clogged the leaves' green
and bees froma,
the near hive, parched, drank,
overeager, at

the birdbath and were drowned there.
Others replaced them
from which the birds were

--the fleece-light air!

Below is an early draft of the design: