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Cultural Landscapes

Balancing Nature and Heritage in Preservation Practice

2008

Richard Longstreth, editor

Cultural Landscapes

Innovative essays on establishing best practices in cultural landscape preservation.

The essays collected in this volume—case studies that include the Little Tokyo neighborhood in Los Angeles, the Cross Bronx Expressway, and a rural island in Puget Sound—underscore how cultural landscape preservation can be fruitfully applied.

Contributors: Susan Calafate Boyle, Susan Buggey, Michael Caratzas, Courtney P. Fint, Heidi Hohmann, Hillary Jenks, Randall Mason, Robert Z. Melnick, Nora Mitchell, Julie Riesenweber, Nancy D. Rottle, Bonnie Stepenoff.

The diverse scholarship, engaging case studies, and insightful discussions found in Cultural Landscapes places it on the must-read list for any professional currently engaged in historic preservation practice.

Carroll Van West, director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University

Preservation has traditionally focused on saving prominent buildings of historical or architectural significance. Preserving cultural landscapes—the combined fabric of the natural and man-made environments—is a relatively new and often misunderstood idea among preservationists, but it is of increasing importance. The essays collected in this volume—case studies that include the Little Tokyo neighborhood in Los Angeles, the Cross Bronx Expressway, and a rural island in Puget Sound—underscore how this approach can be fruitfully applied. Together, they make clear that a cultural landscape perspective can be an essential underpinning for all historic preservation projects.

Contributors: Susan Calafate Boyle, Susan Buggey, Michael Caratzas, Courtney P. Fint, Heidi Hohmann, Hillary Jenks, Randall Mason, Robert Z. Melnick, Nora Mitchell, Julie Riesenweber, Nancy D. Rottle, Bonnie Stepenoff.

Cultural Landscapes

Richard Longstreth is professor of American studies and director of the graduate program in historic preservation at George Washington University. A past president of the Society of Architectural Historians and vice president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, he has written extensively on architectural and urban history as well as on historic preservation subjects. Currently he is completing a detailed study, The Department Store Transformed, 1920–1960.

Cultural Landscapes

The diverse scholarship, engaging case studies, and insightful discussions found in Cultural Landscapes places it on the must-read list for any professional currently engaged in historic preservation practice.

Carroll Van West, director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University

The book does well to open the issue of preservation beyond the iconic building or landscape, and into the dark corners and challenging subtleties of their histories.

The Next American City

Editor Richard Longstreth, something of a national treasure himself when it comes to promoting historic preservation, has assembled eleven essays that provide a tight-knit and highly useful tutorial covering the central issues confronting cultural landscape preservationists.

Buildings & Landscapes

The primary benefit of this work to students of preservation and landscape studies is its range, which demonstrates the diverse nature of what can classify as a cultural landscape.

Bulletin of the Illinois Geographical Society