A Garden Redesigned
The building is in Montgomery’s historic Garden District, a former suburb developed at the turn of the 20th century. But the yard the couple inherited, about .3 acre, consisted of a former municipal parking lot, a block wall, and rubble.
For their new backyard, owner and landscape designer Mark Montoya used salvaged bricks and rubblestone to create a quiet garden with the romance of a Roman ruin.
Various sculptures, a working fountain, and seasonal gardens planted in wood and clay containers furnish a series of separate garden rooms. The brick wall suggests the remains of a garden folly.
“Since they rescued it, the firehouse has blossomed, literally and figuratively,” says the couple’s friend Mary Ann Neeley, former executive director of the Landmarks Foundation.
ABOVE Owner Mark Montoya, a landscape designer, created a series of private garden rooms in what had once been a stark municipal lot. LEFT Like the pole inside, the alarm box remains.BELOW Texture and patina come from natural materials and the use of salvaged items.