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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.

  • Gettysburg National Cemetery gates

    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.

  • Natural resource assessment with Dr. James Gibbs at Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

    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.

  • Students, ESF faculty, and NPS staff

    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.

  • ESF students at Chancellorsville Battlefield

    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.

  • CCLP Research assistant Nate Ogdahl atErie Canal National Heritage Corridor

    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.

  • CCLP Research Assistant Haichao Wang with CCLP Co-Director John Auwaerter and NPS Olmsted Center Director Bob Page

    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

    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.

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.

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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: