Artistic expression is at the heart of these distinctive
David Bagwell Company neighborhoods. Architects Robin McCaffrey
and Eric Antrim have envisioned and helped realize neighborhood-identifying
features inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and
his student Faye Jones. Among them are a pergola over The
Solidago Trail, the Westmont belvedere, Whittier Heights'
lakeside pavilion, the 36-foot tall Whittier Heights spire,
and of course, three spectacular entryways. Intricate stonework,
stained glass, wrought iron, and thousands of handmade ceramic
tiles have been employed to give these neighborhoods an
enduring character that derives from authentic artistry.
Like gems on a necklace, Whittier Heights, Old Grove at
Whittier Heights, and Westmont are strung on the three-mile
Solidago Trail. This pathway winds through hill and dale,
by lake and stream allowing pedestrians and bicyclers opportunity
to exercise, socialize and experience the wonders of nature.
And, thanks to aggressive and extensive tree planting and
landscaping initiatives, nature does abound here. In Westmont,
the 2,000 tree Millennium Grove commemorates the beginning
of the 21st Century with an enduring demonstration of natural
beauty. In Whittier Heights, over 5,000 trees are being
planted along the grand entry drive, lining each street,
in homeowners yards, and around the neighborhood's three
lakes. This extensive planting carries over into Old Grove
at Whittier Heights, where ancient wooded areas have been
preserved and supplemented with native trees and understory
shrubs that have attractive characteristics of seasonal
color and support migratory and local bird life.