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Tudor Place Historic House & Garden

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Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Washington, D.C.

Tudor Place is a remarkable property and a rare surviving regional example that has witnessed the development of Georgetown and the capitol region from the purchase of the property in 1805 by the Thomas Peter Family to the 1983 death of Armistead Peter III. Originally established as a rural residence and small farm, the Peter family incorporated new design styles, traditions, practices and features, both preserving and altering the landscape through successive generations. As a result this designed landscape embodies traditions and styles, both rural and urban that provide a living record of the Peter family and landscape design over two centuries. The Peter family association with the property also has importance in American history as a component of the George and Martha Custis Washington family lineage. Limited documentation for the Thomas Peter family spurred research on the region, City of Georgetown, and Washington D.C. between 1805 and 1910. The history of fences, plant materials, street trees, planting practices, privies, streets, domestic animals and other aspects of landscape improvement were investigated. The Tudor Place CLR: Part I History documents historic landscape evolution through six period plans using written and graphic documents and oral history. Continuity and change in the landscape character over time is assessed. The CLR report serves as a resource and reference document for the continued preservation of Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens, enhancing the ability to interpret and present the landscape. It lays the groundwork for development of landscape preservation treatment, management, and maintenance planning and execution for the future.

Building on the CLR, the recently completed Tudor Place Schematic Landscape Master Plan assessed opportunities to locate needed facilities for administration, maintenance, curation, and visitor services without compromising the character and features of the historic landscape. The service area and an adjacent residential property to the north can both absorb additional construction of buildings and landscape spaces that will increase the functionality of Tudor Place. Conservation and recapture of character and details within this interesting landscape, with its early boxwood ellipse, spacious south lawn, grand oak trees, parterres, and sculpture is continuing in a phased process as resources allow.

Client:
Tudor Place Foundation Inc.

Projects:
Tudor Place Schematic Landscape Master Plan, 2002; Tudor Place Cultural Landscape Report Part 1: History, 2001-2002

Project Credits:
Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Landscape Architects & Planners, with Melinda Linderer, Curator of Collections, Wendy Kail, Archivist

Award-Winning Project