Historical Landscape Services

National Register of Historic Places

George Rogers Clark Memorial National Historic Site

Vincennes, Indiana

Commonwealth developed a National Register of Historic Places nomination for this historic site, expanding the original to include landscape architectural and artistic resources and additional areas of significance. George Rogers Clark Memorial National Historical Park comprises 26.17 acres adjacent to the urban core of Vincennes. The park contains the George Rogers Clark Memorial, designed and constructed between 1927 and 1936 to commemorate the actions of Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark and his frontiersmen, who captured Fort Sackville from the British in 1779. Considered one of the greatest feats of the American Revolution, this victory contributed to the establishment of the Northwest Territory. The memorial is nationally significant for its Neoclassical composition of landscape, building, and structures designed by some of the nation’s most notable leaders of the City Beautiful Movement, including architects, H. Van Buren Magonigle and Frederic C. Hirons, and landscape architects, William E. Parsons and Donald Johnson. The memorial building and its landscape also host a number of artistic and sculptural works by artists such as Ezra Augustus Winter, Albin Polasek, John Angel, Raoul Jean Josset, Hermon A. MacNeil, Roy E. King, and Joseph A. Kiselewski.

Park Road 4

Burnet County, Texas

Commonwealth led the development of a new National Register of Historic Places nomination for Park Road 4, a scenic roadway that connects two Texas state parks: Longhorn Cavern and Inks Lake. Historic resources include 62 stone bridges and culverts handcrafted by the Civilian Conservation Corps, several historic stone park buildings and structures, the original roadway alignment, historic views and vistas, and over 150 trees that were preserved during construction in the 1930s. Commonwealth led the development of a National Register of Historic Places nomination for Park Road 4 as a historic district. At the project’s inception, Longhorn Cavern was a Registered Texas Landmark; through the current effort, national listing was accomplished in 2010. This action has raised recognition of this historic corridor to a national level and expanded the landmark’s boundaries to include the entirety of the roadway.

Highland Springs Historic District

Henrico County, Virginia

Commonwealth led the development of a National Register of Historic Places nomination for Highland Springs, an unincorporated community located along Nine Mile Road close to Richmond. Originating as a planned streetcar suburb in the 1890s, Highland Springs has expanded almost to the extents of its original tract, previously an antebellum plantation. The principal resources of the historic district are its collection of late 19th- to mid-20th century residential architecture and its loosely-configured commercial area that developed along the original trolley line, since removed. The architectural centerpiece of the community is the Art Deco-style Henrico Theater, located on Nine Mile Road. Commonwealth first completed a reconnaissance survey of all resources within the historic district, for a total of 1,018 contributing and 1376 non-contributing, including Bonanza Spring, the community’s early water works. Based on the survey, Commonwealth, in collaboration with a consulting architectural historian, crafted the National Register nomination with a period of significance from 1890 to 1969.

Mt. Holly Ridge-Marsh Run Rural Historic District

Fauquier County, Virginia

Commonwealth conducted a study to determine the eligibility of this proposed rural historic district to the National Register of Historic Places. Work included a field survey of the area and research to document architectural styles; architects, builders, or original owners; original farm fields and vegetation patterns; small scale features, such as fences and retaining walls; historical and present land use; and locations of Colonial-era roads and buildings. This information was synthesized to develop the boundaries of the proposed district and the summary statement of significance. The proposed Mount Holly Ridge-Marsh Run Rural Historic District was found to possess a high degree of integrity as an important rural landscape with a heritage of American Indian, Colonial European, and African American settlement, significant historic architecture, agricultural farms and dairies, transportation corridors, Civil War-related sites, largely unspoiled natural beauty, associations with historic river commerce, and the potential to yield even more significant information in the future. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources concurred with Commonwealth’s findings.