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Camp Hill Cultural Landscape Report Receives Award

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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The Vermont American Society of Landscape Architects (VTASLA) has conferred its 2009 Honor Award on Heritage Landscapes LLC for its cultural landscape report for Camp Hill.

Historical documentation of the 32 acre landscape of Camp Hill covered three national significant events – John Brown’s Raid (1859), the Civil War era (1861-1865), and the first African-American educational institution in America, known as Storer College (1867-1955). 

The report, prepared under the direction of principal Patricia M. O’Donnell and project manager Carrie A. Mardorf, was completed after a year-long effort. The contracting officers representative from the National Capital Region was historical landscape architect Maureen Joseph, and the on-site COTR was historic landscape architect Steven M. Lowe.

CLRs are directed to be completed within a park’s general management plan to document existing cultural landscapes for the preservation of significant history that occurred there. CLRs list recommended treatments and alternatives for developable preservation solutions which are mapped out in detail. CLRs can be looked at as text, map and photo blueprints on how to competently preserve, manage and save historic areas of importance for future generations to enjoy.

Claire Humber, the VTASLA awards committee co-chair, had this to say about the award: “The quality of submissions was particularly high this year, and, as stated by the jury (members of the Prairie Gateway chapter), ‘...were of the highest quality we have seen in some time.’  You have set a very high standard for local excellence in regards to planning, analysis, environmental sensitivity, and design aesthetics.  It is the jury’s belief that Vermont landscape architects are, pound-for-pound, producing some of the finest works in landscape architecture across the country.  Well done!”

There was an awards dinner and presentation on Friday, September 11th, at the home and offices of Patricia O’Donnell in Charlotte, Vermont.  ASLA National President Angela Dye was the honored guest and made the presentations.

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