Guidelines for Reconstructing Cultural Landscapes

Water Features

Water Feature Example

The Approach

Reconstruct Non-Surviving Land.

Spatial Organization + Land Patterns

Topography + Vegetation


Water Features

Structures, Furnishings, + Objects

Special Considerations

Standards for Reconstruction


Reconstructing a non-surviving water feature to depict the documented historic appearance. Although traditional materials are preferable, substitute materials may be used as long as they recreate the historical appearance. For example, utilizing contemporary masonry units to re-create a stone-lined boat basin.

Failing to identify and interpret the reconstruction of a structure, furnishing or object as a re-creation, thus confusing the public understanding.

Not Recommended

Reconstructing water features that cannot be documented historically or for which inadequate documentation exists.

Using substitute materials that do not convey the appearance of the cultural landscape.

Not reconstructing a documented water feature, or rebuilding a feature but altering its historic design.

Using inappropriate shape, edge and bottom condition/materials, or water level, movement, sound, and reflective quality that do not convey the historic appearance.