The Grand Gateway, the historic main entrance to Hermann Park, includes the area from the Mecom Fountain to the Sam Houston Monument, erected in 1925, and the stretch of parkland along Main Street from the Fountain to the Texas Medical Center.
The Grand Gateway’s beauty once marked the area as an important cultural hub in the heart of Houston. While still home to the iconic landmarks and canopy of trees along Main Street, its minimal landscaping and lack of sidewalks and amenities took away from the beauty and accessibility of the Park’s interior.
The renovation project’s intent was to restore the area, safely connecting surrounding communities to the park and offering a proper welcome to one of Houston’s most historic green spaces. This project was awarded a 2017 National Landscape Award of Excellence for Commercial Landscape Installation over $1 million.