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Formosa, Elisabet Ney Museum

Historic Sites & Museums

Formosa, Elisabet Ney Museum
Austin, Texas

The Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, Texas encompasses the 2.45-acre landscape of Formosa , the studio-home of German-born, famed artist and sculptor Elisabet Ney. Ney immigrated to Texas, lived and worked at Formosa from 1892 and 1907, and produced some of her best-known works on the property. In 1997, Heritage Landscapes was selected to produce a Historic Landscape Report through a competitive national search conducted by the Planning Division of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. The product, Elisabet Ney Museum Historic Landscape Report, discusses a range of preservation issues at the Elisabet Ney Museum in a high level of detail and completeness.

The report included two different phases. Phase I thoroughly addressed site history and existing conditions through narrative and graphics, following federal guidance on cultural landscape preservation planning. This work was supported by the City of Austin, with funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, private funds, and a contribution of professional time. Heritage Landscapes conducted detailed research on the history of the Ney property working with a large number of original historic documents addressing the property and artist Elisabet Ney. The study also provided a digital base plan for the existing conditions to gain a thorough understanding of the historic landscape of the Elisabet Ney property. Phase II, the second and final phase, included analysis of landscape change throughout time, a discussion of landscape significance, and a detailed illustrated narrative setting out landscape restoration treatment. Implementation of restoration treatment will return the Formosa landscape to a condition that better reflects its significance and important history.

City of Austin, Texas, Parks & Recreation Department

Rehabilitation of Palm House & Greenhouses, 2000-04, Renewing Druid Hill Park, master plan, 1994-95 and other projects.

Project Credits:
Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Landscape Architects & Planners