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Oldfields, Indiana Museum of Art

Sustainability & Stewardship

Oldfields, Indiana Museum of Art
Indianapolis, Indiana

Heritage Landscapes is currently undergoing a series of important planning and implementation projects for the new Art & Nature Park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). The largest curatorial object of the museum collections is the 26-acre historic Oldfields Estate with a Percival Gallagher, Olmsted Brothers landscape. Heritage Landscapes worked on planning, restoration, reconstruction, and rehabilitation project over an 8-year period gaining broad recognition for the work and the property that led to NHL listing. For the Ravine Garden reconstruction, original materials salvage and replacement in-kind with local materials was applied throughout, and mechanical systems were developed for both power and water conservation. Heritage Landscapes was responsible for planning, construction documents and administration for this informal highly articulated garden with three pools, cascade, retaining walls, utility infrastructure and complex plantings, completed in spring 1999. The rehabilitation of an extensive perimeter brick wall, with original capstones conserved and historic stone and iron gates repaired with damaged elements replicated, was completed in 2001. The Lilly House rehabilitation opened in 2002, for which Heritage Landscapes designed a fully functional, aesthetically pleasing and historically compatible landscape around the building to recapture the character of selected areas and adapt others for public access and event use. 

Currently a powerhouse team of Edward Blake, The Landscape Studio, Marlon Blackwell, Architect and Mary Miss, Environmental Artist includes Heritage Landscapes to address the integration of the new park with the historic Oldfields Estate with particular attention to appropriateness, sustainability and the conception of landscape as art. 

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Oldfields Landscape Planning Project; Lilly House Landscape Restoration and Rehabilitation; Ravine Garden Reconstruction; Michigan Street Brick Wall Reconstruction; Sculpture & Horticulture Study for Indianapolis Museum of Art

Project Credits:
Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Landscape Architects & Planners, planning and implementation projects from 1994 to 2002. Lead consultant for Ravine Garden, Perimeter Gate and Wall; collaborator with The Hillier Group, Preservation Architects, Ciulla Design, exhibits and Shiel Sexton, Inc. construction managers for Lilly House; with HKP Landscape Architects, for Oldfields Landscape Planning Project; and with Jonathan Fairbanks, curator for Sculpture & Horticulture Study.

Award-Winning Project