Guidelines for Reconstructing Cultural Landscapes


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 circulation feature to depict the documented historic appearance. Although traditional materials such as masonry, wood, and cinders are preferable, substitute materials may be used as long as they recreate the historical appearance. For example, utilizing a color pigmented concrete with a brushed finish to recreate a swept path.

Not Recommended

Reconstructing circulation 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 circulation feature; or, rebuilding a feature but altering its historic design.

Using inappropriate alignment, surface treatment, width, edge, grade, materials or infrastructure that do not convey the historic appearance.