The campus landscape began to take shape around 1910, when the allée of London plane trees was planted along the driveway leading up to Founder’s Hall. In the late 1950s, the campus of old and new buildings was knitted together through a landscaping design by Daniel Kiley. Born in 1912, Kiley pioneered modernism in landscape design in 1930s. He has created some 800 landscapes, many of which include classical elements but regarded his work at the Rockefeller as one of his most interesting undertakings, for it offered opportunity for overall planning in conjunction with new construction and yet demanded constant attention to the need to harmonize the new buildings with those designed half a century ago.
Daniel Kiley, Rockefeller Institute, landscape design