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ESF Professor, Graduates Honored for Work On Roosevelt Home


10/4/99

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has received a 1999 Merit Award in Research from the American Society of Landscape Architects.photo of George W. Curry

George W. Curry, a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the college's Faculty of Landscape Architecture, won the award along with two of his former students who helped prepare a cultural landscape report for the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. The two graduates are Gina Bellavia, who received her bachelor's and master's degrees from ESF in 1991 and 1994, respectively; and Kristin Baker, who received her bachelor's and master's degrees from ESF in 1991 and 1999, respectively.

The award was bestowed for a 550-page report centered on the landscape of Springwood, the estate in Hyde Park that was Franklin D. Roosevelt's lifelong home. When he died in 1945, Roosevelt deeded Springwood to the National Park Service.

In the report, Curry, Bellavia and Baker analyzed the site's history and its existing condition. The National Park Service funded the project. Curry's specialty is historic preservation and urban design.


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