The courtyard at the rear of Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center, also known as the Richard Alsop IV House, offers a place of repose, reflection, meditation and natural beauty.
In spring, it is an especially alluring sight when the tulips, daffodils and lupins bloom, creating an explosion of color — purple, red, orange, yellow, peach and pink.
In 2009, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark and students and the public are welcome to walk the grounds, on which sit several mature trees. Water courses through an antique three-tiered cast-iron fountain when the warm weather arrives, and passersby can toss a coin inside and make a wish.
Adjoining the courtyard is a 30-foot-wide labyrinth dedicated to author and resident Kit Reed and her husband Joe, professor of English and American studies, emeritus. It was chosen by the couple to replicate the 808-year-old Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France.
Wesleyan has created an online, self-guided walking guide, complete with notable landmarks and historical information you can use to explore the campus further.