Historic Landscape Architecture

Commonwealth’s landscape architects provide research, planning, and design services for a wide range of cultural landscape types. These projects can range in scale from small private gardens to multi-county heritage areas. We serve numerous clients, including federal, state and local governments; colleges and universities; heritage organizations; and private owners, nationwide. Our staff of landscape architects are experienced in:

  • Preparing cultural landscape reports
  • Conducting historic landscape surveys
  • Developing historic landscape master plans for historic battlefields, cemeteries, and parks
  • Preparing design guidelines for historic sites and streetscapes
  • Planning and design for rehabilitated landscapes

Cultural Landscape Evaluations and Treatment Planning

With our extensive experience in cultural landscape evaluation and treatment, Commonwealth can provide clients with a range of products, including cultural landscape reports, inventories, and assessments; Section 106 and NEPA compliance; and National Register of Historic Places documentation. Staff investigates a variety of historic property types, from designed landscapes associated with significant historic residences, farmsteads, and estates, to large-scale community and agricultural and natural landscapes, to cemeteries and battlefields.

Commonwealth has completed numerous studies for prominent American landscapes, many undertaken for the National Park Service through our IDIQ contracts in the Southeast, Midwest, and Northeast/National Capital regions. Our historic landscape architects also work collaboratively with Commonwealth’s archaeologists and historians, taking an interdisciplinary approach to investigating, assessing, understanding cultural landscapes, and recommending treatments that range from landscape maintenance programs to appropriate designs and construction plans for introducing new programmatic elements within a cultural landscape.

Design for Historic Landscapes

Responding to both historical and contemporary needs, Commonwealth’s landscape architects provide clients with comprehensive landscape architectural services. Our team has completed a wide array of projects that include adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of historic sites, design of new facilities within historic settings, master planning, conceptual design, and schematic design through construction documentation and administration—we’ve covered it all. In addition, we manage complex projects that require a high level of coordination and communication with key stakeholders, client groups, and other consultants, all while providing clients with high-quality design solutions notable for their sensitivity to historic resources and compatibility with nationally recognized preservation standards.

Historic Cemetery Planning and Design

As experts in historic cemetery preservation, Commonwealth provides cemetery master plans, cultural landscape reports, inventories, monument conservation assessments, National Register nominations, and Section 106 compliance documentation. Our landscape architects and historians work collaboratively with Commonwealth’s archaeologists, who provide geophysical services, such as ground-penetrating radar, Phase I, Phase II, and other subsurface investigations. Notably, Commonwealth has received national attention and accolades, having been featured in several articles, including the 2015 September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine and is the winner of the American Planning Association’s National Planning Achievement Award for Urban Design—Gold.