Allentown, PA / 2019-2022

Hamilton Street

Contemporary Design of a Historic Boulevard

Working with the City of Allentown, Omnes has developed a design and set of future guidelines for Hamilton Street. This central artery is Allentown’s civic boulevard and main retail street, once nationally known for its retail experience and innovative “hanging garden” lights. The collaboration with the City of Allentown will improve Hamilton Street from 5th through Church Streets as well as 9th through 12th Streets, while also establishing design guidelines for the full length of Hamilton Street. The project includes replacement of all sidewalks, street trees, plantings, and installation of new lighting and site furnishings. The design relies upon simple, timeless materials to form a pedestrian-friendly environment that will stand the test of time.

A rhythmic sequence of street trees celebrates the linear corridor, creating dappled shade but also open views to retail shopfronts. Native Nyssa sylvatica trees will be planted in corner planters, enhancing carbon capture and native habitat. A colorful array of native plants will enhance the streetscape, creating an ombre effect of pollinator gardens.