Guidelines for Reconstructing Cultural Landscapes

Spatial Organization + Land Patterns

The Approach

Reconstruct Non-Surviving Land.

Spatial Organization + Land Patterns

Topography + Vegetation


Water Features

Structures, Furnishings, + Objects

Special Considerations

Standards for Reconstruction


Reconstructing the historic spatial organization or land patterns, including the size, configuration, proportion and relationship of landscape units; relationship of features to landscape units; and the landscape units themselves. For example, recreating a historic farmstead by reconstructing all of its buildings, structures, furnishings and objects to accurately convey the historic spatial organization and land patterns.

Not Recommended

Altering the documented spatial organization or land patterns or relocating extant features so that the historic relationship between the feature and the landscape unit is inaccurately depicted. For example, relocating a statue along an estate’s main access after it was recovered from an off-site location.