Lewis and Clark Community College


Godfrey, IL

Lewis and Clark Community College Campus has been designated one of three Missouri Botanical Garden’s Signature Garden sites west of the Mississippi River. Originally the home to Monticello College, the second-oldest woman’s college in the country, the campus occupies 100 acres of rolling land on top of river bluffs. The flavor of the original campus is one of age and serenity. In contrast, 21st century needs for facility expansion necessary to serve the Community College resulted in an overall campus that had become visually bisected.

Terra Design Studios designed the campus landscape master plan to meld the historic core of the 19th century campus and the buildings and spaces of recent expansion with refreshingly modern and thematic gardens. Our decade of guidance has been broad, ranging from streetscape design and wayfinding solutions, to ecological restoration plans for the campus’ Natural Learning Landscapes, to landscape plans for the Monticello Sculpture Gardens, a major outdoor collection of thirteen bronze sculptures with works by Deborah Butterfield, Stephen DeStaebler, and Magdalena Abakanowicz, among others.

We have proudly supported the College’s commitment to environmental stewardship.  Terra provided full design services for the “Eco-Road”, a quarter-mile major vehicular drive showcasing porous pavement and LED lighting, and “Radiating Waves”, a one-acre artful stormwater project that cleanses runoff from four acres of campus parking lots. Terra is also collaborating with educators on the design of a one-mile educational trail that features environmental art installations amidst the restoration of multiple indigenous ecosystems.


  • AAIC
  • Great Rivers Land Trust
  • Randy Burkett Lighting Design Inc.
  • Sheppard Morgan & Schwaab, Inc.

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