On September 14th, Founder’s Garden was reopened with the unveiling of O’Connor Plaza, which was named in honor of Board of Trustees Chair Patrick J. O’Connor and his wife, Marie.
The renovation was a tribute to their leadership and support of the university. Changes include new landscaping, a water wall, and a bronze owl statue. An inlaid Temple “T” and diamond-shaped tablets for each of Temple’s 17 schools and colleges replace outdated pavement. Other features include new lighting, walkways, and outdoor furniture.
“Founder’s Garden is one of the most cherished places at Temple, and I am delighted to contribute to a revitalization project that makes it even more welcoming and functional,” O’Connor said. “I am also humbled by the recognition from an institution I hold so dear.”
The surrounding walls that honor Temple’s Great Teacher honorees remain untouched, as well as the burial site of university founder Russell H. Conwell.