Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation
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.
Acadia National Park, Maine: Students of the NPS-ESF Cultural Landscape Preservation Summer Field School, 2012. The students inventoried the landscape of Acadia's historic carriage road system while learning about how the park manages its historic landscape resources.
Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, Auburn, New York: CCLP Summer intern Claire Fisher inventorying existing conditions 2016. The inventory data is being used to identify historic landscape features and develop maps for a cultural landscape report.
Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito, California: CCLP Intern Laura Roberts with ESF and NPS staff, 2009. Laura assisted with site inventory and mapping as part of a cultural landscape report.
Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Simulation by CCLP research assistant Chris Anderson of proposed treatment for the main entrance gates, 2016. The simulation illustrated one of the treatment recommendations in a cultural landscape report for the cemetery.
Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, Auburn, New York: Natural resource assessment with Dr. James Gibbs of the SUNY ESF Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, 2016. The assessment was undertaken as part of existing conditions documentation for a cultural landscape report being developed through the CCLP.
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, New York: Students, ESF faculty, and NPS staff participants in final review of cultural landscape preservation studio at ESF, 2008. The studio produced design concepts for the restoration and rehabilitation of the historic landscape as part of a cultural landscape report.
Chancellorsville Battlefield, Spotsylvania, Virginia: ESF students in a landscape architecture studio being introduced to the site by NPS park staff, 2015. The studio produced design concepts for the historic battle held as part of treatment recommendations for a cultural landscape report prepared through the CCLP.
Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor, Port Byron, New York: CCLP Research assistant Nate Ogdahl on a site visit with ESF and Canal Society of New York State staff, 2010. Nate produced a digital model of proposed site improvements as part of a research project for the Canal Society completed through the CCLP.
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, California: CCLP Research Assistant Haichao Wang with CCLP Co-Director John Auwaerter and NPS Olmsted Center Director Bob Page, 2014. The inventory done that summer was part of a cultural landscape report developed through the CCLP.
Poplar Grove National Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia showing reconstruction in 2016 of the historic upright Civil War headstones that were laid flat by the NPS in the 1930s. This recommendation was part of a comprehensive treatment plan for rehabilitation of the historic Civil War-era national cemetery produced by the CCLP through a cultural landscape report completed in 2009.
News and Updates
Summer Internships in Landscape Preservation
For the third consecutive summer, ESF Landscape Architecture students are participating in the National Park Service's Designing the Parks internship program through the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. The program provides students with opportunities to participate in National Park Service historic landscape preservation planning, research, and design.
Four ESF students are participating this year: Connor Neville and Anna Tiburzi, Master of Landscape Architecture students; Justin Kwiatkowski, a Master of Science in Landscape Architecture student; and Vera Angelina, a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture student. They are joining six interns based in Boston and Richmond, Virginia.
Connor, Justin, and Vera are working on cultural landscape inventories at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Sites in Hyde Park, New York with Professor Emeritus George Curry, CCLP Co-Director John Auwaerter, and Professor Rachel Leibowitz. Anna is working with Professor Aidan Ackerman on digital rendering of historic landscape conditions at the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
Vera Angelina, Justin Kwiatkowski, and Connor Neville visiting Springwood, the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, as part of their orientation to the landscape, May 2019. (SUNY ESF)