Basing decisions for reconstructing building site
features on the availability of documentary and physical
The spacious grounds at Middleton Place, near
Charleston, South Carolina, constitute the first
landscaped garden in America. The molded terraces,
originally constructed in the 18th century, were
largely reconstructed in the early 20th century
based on extant remains and other documentary
evidence. Photo: Middleton Place.
Inventorying the building site to determine the
existence of aboveground remains and subsurface archeological
materials, then using this evidence as corroborating
documentation for the reconstruction of related site
features. These may include walks, paths, roads, and
parking; trees, shrubs, fields or herbaceous plant material;
terracing, berms, or grading; lights, fences, or benches;
sculpture, statuary, or monuments; fountains, streams,
pools, or lakes.
Re-establishing the historic relationship between
the building or buildings and historic site features,
Reconstructing building site features without first
conducting a detailed investigation to physically substantiate
the documentary evidence.
Giving the building's site a false appearance by basing
the reconstruction or conjectural designs or the availability
of features from other nearby sites.
Changing the historic spatial relationship between
the building and historic site features, or reconstructing
some site features, but not others, thus creating a