Altes Gebäu Baroque Garden and Fontanapark

Our design restores the garden monument, which had already been redesigned several times, to its original proportions. While the old trees have been retained, the beds of alternating flowers have been interpreted anew. In place of the orangery, an arbor of yew trees separates the parterre from the “Graben-Gärten.”

The Altes Gebäu was created starting in 1727 at the behest of the envoy Peter von Salis-Soglio and is one of the most treasured stately homes in Graubünden. The original grotto in the garden continues to bear witness to the initial Baroque site. The garden was transformed into a landscape garden around 1860, to then be redesigned as a public green area around 1960 and connected with the adjacent public square of the Fontana monument.

Based on our park maintenance plan, the various areas of the garden have been returned to their original dimensions and proportions once again. Toward the street, we have delimited the garden from Fontanaplatz with a transparent fence. The giant sequoia has been retained. As a reminiscence of the former gardens of the city moat, we envision new beds of perennials with attractive, alternating plantings of perennials: the “Graben-Gärten” (moat gardens). The inner Baroque garden with its old copper beech is conceived as an intimate, tranquil oasis with a sunny flower parterre at the center. It is demarcated from the “Graben-Gärten” and the bustling streetscape by an accessible arbor of yew trees, in place of the orangery.

  • Gartenbauamt Stadt Chur
Project Data
  • Park maintenance 1998
  • Realisation 2005-2006
  • Area 4'500 m²
Barockgarten Fontanapark, Chur (2007), Media
Chur, Fontanapark Neugestaltung (2007), Media
Der neu gestaltete Fontanapark in Chur (2007), Media

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