This project was undertaken to rediscover, reimagine, and recreate the character of both the buildings and grounds of this 2-acre property in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The lakeside property and circa 1900 main residence were historically part of the much larger Foster Fruit Farm which operated in the area for many years. The lakeside property was altered by various owners over the years, including visually incompatible additions and bisecting the pastoral lakefront landscape with a driveway. The original drive that slowly meanders into the site, and respects the topography along its route, was relegated to the role of service access.

Bayer Landscape Architecture was hired the perform a redesign of all site features, including drives and courts, terraces, walks, walls, stair systems, planting and lighting. The landscape architect, working with a structural engineering consultant, also designed the pergola, the boat house and dock systems, the front porches on the main house and carriage house, as well as other design modifications to the existing porches and building exteriors. Throughout the project our team collaborated closely with engaged owners, a talented general contractor, skilled masons, and other specialty contractors to execute this complex residential project. The result is a property where the site and structures are fully integrated to create a pleasing summer retreat that rests effortlessly on the shores of the lake. 


Canandaigua , New York

Master Planning, Design, Construction Documentation, Construction Administration


2015 Honor Award
Residential Design

American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Upstate Chapter