Client - Shelburne Farms
From 1999 to the present, Heritage Landscapes has engaged in multiple preservation planning and implementation projects for this National Historic Landmark, working farm and platform for environmental sustainability, learning and partnerships. Our works on multiple plans and projects over 22 years, include:
This historic estate of Dr. Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb, was laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. in 1887 and developed by the Webb’s through the 1940s as a farm, forest and scenic lakeside park. Planning, design and construction projects address the continuity and changes within this important 1,400-acre lakeshore scenic, working landscape. Our plans and works embrace the Shelburne Farms mission- to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future, and their vision is of a healthy and just world rooted in stewardship and community. Our efforts seek to renew landscape beauty, scenery and function. The land based-practices at Shelburne Farms align for inspiration and information through ongoing stewardship to foster positive respectful change, that relies on existing heritage assets, to serve their overarching mission.WORKS:
SF Trail Extension, 2021; Tree Allées Renewal, 2007-2019; Inn Annex Access, 2016; Solar Field Siting, 2010; Farm Barn Triangle Restoration, 2010; Shelburne House & Garden Landscape Stewardship Plan, 2006; Breeding Barn Campus Conservation Plan, 2004; Landscape Stewardship Plan, 2004; NHL Nomination for Landscape; IMLS Assessment, Cultural Landscape Resources, 2000; various implementation projects, 1999-2021TEAM:
Heritage Landscapes LLC, selected collaborations with Doug Porter, Masonry Projects; SAS Architects; Martin Tierney, ArchitectQUOTES:
Shelburne Farms has benefited from a strong working relationship with Heritage Landscapes LLC for two decades. They have provided invaluable assistance in helping us simultaneously address preservation, function and sustainability issues, to ensure the historic character of Shelburne Farms into the future. Alec Webb, President
Historic view shows the 1920s balustrade and pool, above lake cliff failure took a portion out, restored in 2016, by building up from bedrock to stabilize the slope, courtesy Shelburne Farms.
Heritage Landscapes restored the lakeside drive with Olmsted curves, and shifted the parking entry east, improving lakeside experience and safety, while accommodating more cars for peak events, Courtesy Marshall Webb.
Targeting net zero, Shelburne Farms solar array siting respects the NHL landscape, while supporting mission and fostering learning, courtesy Shelburne Farms.
The Swiss Brown cow herd uses pasture lands, we developed trail side swales and settling basins to manage stormwater, limiting nutrient rich runoff.