About this Sacred Place

Stoner Courtyard – In 1998, The Stoner Courtyard was part of the “Campaign for the East Wing”, the renovation plans for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Before renovation, the courtyard was claimed by parked cars and transient traffic, not allowing much pedestrian traffic to enjoy the outdoor space adjacent to the museum. Nature Sacred played a role in transforming the space into a fully landscaped public place for walking, gathering, sitting and reflecting. The garden is seen as an extension of the museum, as its design, paving materials and plantings are reflective of the eclectic collections housed within the museum. The Stoner Courtyard is now an inviting and attractive urban green space for families, students, community members, and of course, museum visitors.