Cultural Landscapes

The National Mall
The National Mall, Washington, DC.

Overview

Cultural landscapes are places where people have made significant connections to the land, combining natural settings with human creations. The National Capital Region's cultural landscapes range from our nation's iconic sites, such as the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, to linear parks like the George Washington Memorial Parkway that provide transportation corridors, green space, and public access to rivers; to the farms and fields of Civil War battlefields of Manassas and Antietam. The Cultural Landscapes Program draws on expertise in landscape architecture, historic preservation, and geographic information systems (GIS) to maintain an inventory of landscapes and their components, manage research, and assist parks with recommendations for landscape maintenance, preservation, and restoration.

Contact

Please contact Maureen Joseph, ASLA, Regional Landscape Architect, for more information. If you need assistance from Resource Stewardship and Science (RESS), you may submit a Solution for Technical Assistance Requests (STAR) request online (NPS Only).

Projects

  • Cultural Landscape Inventories (CLIs)
    East Potomac Park, Rock Creek Park, and Langston Golf Courses – In partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, the NCR Cultural Lanscapes team, documented the historic and existing conditions of the golf courses at East Potomac Park (National Mall and Memorial Parks), Langston (National Capital Parks – East), and Rock Creek Park. Using photography and GPS equipment, hole by hole conditions were recorded and contributing landscape features and the overall character of the courses were identified. The documents will help to create new treatment plans for the courses. (2017)
  • Cultural Landscape Reports (CLRs)
    National Mall and Memorial Parks – The NCR Cultural Landscape Program, working with the staff of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, is reviewing a CLR for the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, which was funded as a part of the mitigation of the Kennedy Center Expansion. (2018)

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Last updated: March 20, 2018