Cultural Landscape Report
Weir Farm National Historic Site
Charged to preserve Weir Farm and maintain "the integrity of a setting that inspired artistic expression," the Olmsted Center collaborated with the park, its partners, and private consultants to prepare a three-volume cultural landscape report to guide the preservation of painter J. Alden Weir's Connecticut estate.
Weir, the noted American impressionist, purchased the 153-acre farm in 1882, and later added to his land holdings to create a 238-acre estate. The bucolic agricultural landscape served as the subject for many of Weir's paintings as well as those of his friends and fellow painters who gathered at the county home, finding inspiration in the landscape and each other.
The cultural landscape report for Weir Farm National Historic Site increased the park's body of knowledge about the landscape's historic character and existing conditions to inform a number of landscape treatment projects, including the full-scale restoration of the secret garden and rehabilitation of a key historic fence.