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Sculpture appears regularly in many of the indoor exhibitions, but it also receives a spectacular presentation in the outdoor Sculpture Garden, which is laid out in a variety of settings winding through the 11 acres of landscaped grounds. As you weave your way through the garden, keep an eye out for the sculptures listed below. The Sculpture Garden is open year-round at all times for your enjoyment.

View sculpture garden guide

This guide begins at the path coming up from the Metro at the south east side of the Strathmore Mansion near the parking lot.

The Crib at Strathmore, an Enviresponsible Shelter

The Crib at Strathmore

The Crib, an Enviresponsible Shelter was conceived in response to the popularity of another small building, The Shack at Hinkle Farm, which was designed by local architect, Jeffery Broadhurst, AIA, a few years ago. It became apparent that many people were interested in a small shelter that could serve as a weekend retreat, as a home yoga studio, as a backyard home office or in multiples as cabins at an eco-resort. The current interest in such small buildings, in simplicity, and environmental responsibility has led Broadhurst Architects to design this prototype building with sustainable and recyclable materials that can be fabricated off site then transported and quickly assembled where desired. This new building, The Crib, takes its basic form from traditional American corn cribs, which were common farm buildings that served to store and dry corn. However, here the form is realized as a more sophisticated kit of parts.

The Enviresponsible aspects of The Crib include the following features:

  • Very small and efficient floor plans.
  • Minimal site disturbance.
  • Efficient shop fabrication process and quick on-site assembly process.
  • High insulation values using Structural Insulated Panels, insulated glass and multi-layer polycarbonate panels.
  • Efficient propane fireplace and/or radiant floor heat system.
  • Recyclable materials including steel, aluminum, fiberglass and polycarbonate.
  • Earth-friendly non-finished heat-treated poplar for siding and limited interior finishes.
  • Rain water collection system for showers and gardening.
  • Energy efficient LED and CFL light sources.
  • Energy efficient ceiling fan “air conditioner”.
  • The entire building is recyclable in that it can be dismantled and relocated to another site.
Strathmore’s current Fine Artists in Residence will use the space as a visual arts studio to create new work, a lab to demonstrate their medium for visitors and a gallery to display finished pieces. The Crib will be open for visitors at variable hours (whenever Artists in Residence are working) and will always be open during Strathmore’s Free Summer Outdoor Concerts.

More about The Crib at Strathmore:
Architect's Statement (click to download)
Gallery of Images from The Washington Post
Feature Article from The Washington Post by Adrian Higgins

Tours are available by appointment. Please contact Sam Younes at or call (301) 581-5125.


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