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part of all the wild and living world,” she says.
Thus, it was designed simply as a place to
access nearly two miles of trails and encounter its wild denizens — no weddings or parties
allowed. Programs for city schoolchildren and
senior citizens provide access to those with
what she calls “nature deficit disorder.” And
there is a half-mile wheelchair trail.
Much of the natural landscape in this
area of New England has been preserved. The
Sudbury Valley Trustees, the Audubon Society, and Tufts Veterinary School all have been
involved in local conservation efforts, mapping out trails and protecting land. The Sudbury group helped Liu find the ideal site for
Summer Star. The land was to be developed
into a 32-lot subdivision, but that faltered
and Liu purchased the property. The Trailhead House was completed last autumn. Now
Summer Star is part of the extensive Concord
River watershed system of trails and conservation easements.
While the earlier developers might have
been discouraged by the intractability of the
land here — a stubborn memory of the last
great ice age, it was precisely the immov-
after passing through the low exhibition spaces, visitors enter the Tree Room (above and facing
page), which opens onto the nature preserve, providing a giant viewing platform. Despite the soaring
35-foot height, the faceted fenestration — along with the multifaceted retaining wall — breaks up the
sense of a broad expanse of glass. Inside, vertical supports umbrella out like metaphorical trees
supporting the forest canopy.