South Mountain Welcome Centers
CLIENT Maryland Departments of Tourism and Transportation
LOCATION Frederick and Washington Counties, MD
To encourage passersby to venture off the highway and explore the region, H+R developed a "Highway to History" design approach for the I-70 welcome centers at South Mountain in Frederick and Washington Counties. The twin plazas—one on each side of the highway—offer expansive, custom-illustrated orientation maps and three interpretive panels on nearby Civil War sites, outdoor recreation and shopping opportunities, and the region's contributions to the growth of the nation. Etched paving art and "welcome mat" guide visitors indoors for more information.