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Foundation Honors Park’s Cultural Landscape Report

John Muir National Historic Site

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On Saturday, September 17th, beneath the majestic rotunda of San Francisco’s City Hall, the California Preservation Foundation honored the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation for their work creating the park's cultural landscape report. The site’s report was one of six cultural resource studies honored by the foundation for 2005. The award was accepted by Bob Page, director of the Olmsted Center for Landscape Studies, David Blackburn, chief of interpretation and park lead for the landscape report, and superintendent Martha Lee. The California Preservation Foundation is the statewide non-profit organization that educates and advocates for the preservation of California’s diverse cultural and architectural heritage. The two volume cultural landscape report documents the history, significance, and existing conditions of the 335 acre landscape at the NHS. The principal focus of the report was the nine acre agricultural and ornamental landscape that surrounds the park’s most prominent feature, the home of the naturalist John Muir. Additionally, the report created an in-depth treatment plan that provides strategies for the park to maintain existing historic features and restore those that are damaged or missing.



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