The ESF Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation, based in the Department of Landscape Architecture, supports the education of landscape architects and students in related professions as best stewards of the cultural environment. The Center brings together interdisciplinary expertise from across ESF, the National Park Service, state parks, and other partners to address challenges in preserving our landscape heritage.
We acknowledge, with respect, the Onondaga Nation, firekeepers of the Haudenosaunee, the indigenous people on whose ancestral lands SUNY ESF and Syracuse University now stand. We give thanks that they are here, stewarding this land.
News and Updates Fall 2021
CCLP Fall 2021 Reflection
The CCLP had a very productive summer working with 4 ESF Landscape Architecture interns in and around Syracuse. Stay tuned here and on our social media for more information and ways to get involved!
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Left: CCLP Directors John Auwaerter, George Curry, and Rachel Leibowitz (not pictured) share their knowledge on the Barnes-Hiscock Mansion and historic preservation with summer BLA interns Hunter Brown and Bridget Maloney. Right: Barnes-Hiscock Landscape circa 1930. Photograph provided by Syracuse Garden Club courtesy of Jane Armstrong.
Hunter Brown (5th year BLA) developed existing conditions and period plans for the grounds of the Barnes-Hiscock Mansion on James Street in Syracuse - once one of the city's most elaborate residential gardens. Hunter's work on this National Register-listed and Local Protected Site builds off of an independent study on the history of the landscape by Lia Hickman (GPES). This work is supporting the Barnes Foundation's efforts to plan for the future of the grounds, complementing their ongoing work - restoring the Barnes-Hiscock Mansion.
Bridget Maloney (5th year BLA) conducted an inventory of over 200 tree stump locations in Syracuse's Historic Oakwood Cemetery to inform future tree planting efforts. Her work builds off a tree inventory begun by Skylar Moffett (4th year ERM) as an independent study under Professor Don Leopold. Both projects will help the Historic Oakwood Cemetery Preservation Association (HOCPA) and the Oakwood Cemetery operating board plan for the preservation and rehabilitation of Oakwood's nationally significant landscape.
Diane Portugal (2nd year MLA) is working on a Cultural Landscape Report for the Elizabeth Cady Stand House unit of the Women's Rights National Historical Park at Seneca Falls, NY. The CLR is intended to help the National Parks Service make long-term decisions about the management and treatment of a site. Over the summer, Diane advanced historical research that was begun last summer by Anna Tiburzi (MLA, 2021), and will continue her work on writing the site history this fall.
In addition to Hunter, Bridget, and Diane, Anna Tiburzi (MLA 2021 graduate) continued her work from the spring semester on the grounds of the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. Anna helped prepare and run a treatment workshop with Arlington staff to identify changes needed to enhance the historic character and contemporary use of the Memorial Amphitheater grounds.
For more information about how to get involved check our the CCLP's opportunities page.Visit Opportunities Page>>
Historic Preservation and Oakwood Cemetery Lecture Recordings Now Available!
Over the past Spring semester, the ESF Friends of Oakwood and CCLP hosted a spectacular virtual lecture series on Historic Preservation and Oakwood Cemetery. You can view the recordings of these lectures here: