Historical Landscape Architecture

Commonwealth Heritage Group’s landscape architects provide research, planning, and design services affecting a wide range of cultural landscape types, undertaking projects ranging in scale from small private gardens to multi-county heritage areas throughout the United States for federal, state, and local governments and private clients. Commonwealth’s landscape architects are experienced in preparing cultural landscape reports for historically significant resources; historic landscape surveys; historic landscape planning and master plans for historic sites, battlefields, and parks; and design guidelines, site planning, and design for rehabilitated landscapes.
 
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Cultural Landscape Evaluations and Treatment Planning

Commonwealth’s landscape architects have extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of cultural landscapes, including the preparation of cultural landscape reports, cultural landscape inventories, cultural landscape assessments, historic structure reports, and Section 106 and NEPA compliance documentation. Our Charlottesville office has completed numerous such studies for prominent American landscapes, many undertaken for the National Park Service through our IDIQ contracts with the Southeast, Midwest, and Northeast/National Capital regions. The range of Commonwealth’s cultural landscape investigations extends from designed landscapes associated with significant historic residences, farmsteads, and estates, to large-scale community, agricultural, and natural landscapes, as well as cemeteries and battlefields. Through this work, our Charlottesville office has become a national leader in work with historic and other cultural landscapes. Our historical landscape architects work collaboratively with Commonwealth’s archaeologists, and historians, taking an interdisciplinary approach to investigating, assessing, and understanding cultural landscapes, and recommending treatments ranging from landscape maintenance programs to appropriate designs and construction plans for introducing new programmatic elements within a cultural landscape.

 

Design for Historic Landscapes

Commonwealth’s landscape architects provide comprehensive landscape architectural services for historic properties, responding to both historical and contemporary needs and uses. Projects range from the adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of historic sites to the design of new facilities within historic settings, such as urban and rural parks, historical museums, and outdoor educational and interpretive exhibits, including interpretive trails. We excel in providing high quality design solutions for projects involving significant historic sites. Our design work is notable for its sensitivity to historic resources, and compatibility with nationally-recognized preservation standards. Commonwealth’s Charlottesville office offers landscape architectural services ranging from master planning and conceptual design to schematic design through construction documentation and administration. We frequently manage complex projects requiring a high level of coordination and communication with stakeholders, client groups, and other consultants, such as architects and engineers.

 

Historic Cemetery Planning and Design

Commonwealth’s landscape architects have extensive experience with historic cemetery preservation, ranging from cemetery master plans; cemetery cultural landscape reports and inventories; monument conservation assessments; National Register nominations for cemeteries; and Section 106 and 4(f) compliance documentation. They work collaboratively with Commonwealth’s archaeologists, who provide geophysical services, such as ground-penetrating radar, and Phase I, Phase II, and other subsurface investigations. Recently Commonwealth served as principal investigator for the City of Austin Municipal Cemetery Preservation Master Plan, recently featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine.