Preservation and Scenic Conservation Master Plan, Guilford CT

For Guilford Preservation Alliance, Town of Guilford, Connecticut

Heritage Landscapes and Frederick P. Clark Associates undertook an innovative planning project to address a comprehensive capture of historic, prehistoric, scenic and ecological resources that contribute to the special character of Guilford, Connecticut.  

  • Integrate cultural resource preservation and natural resource conservation in a actionable plan
  • Define the widespread cultural and natural resource assets that comprise Guilford character
  • Frame preservation and conservation tool groups: 1. Community Involvement and Education, 2. Financial, 3. Advisory, and 4. Regulatory tools
  • Clarify vehicles or actors who can take preservation and conservation action as: A. Citizens, Neighbors, Neighborhood Groups; B. Private, Non-Profit and Charitable Organizations, C. Town Government, Elected and Appointed Officials, Advisory Boards, Commissions, Employees
  • Advocate a dynamic plan in which each preservation and scenic conservation victory or defeat shaping future direction

A scenic seacoast town settled in the 1600s, Guilford cultural wealth includes the iconic Town Green, prehistoric and historic sites, and over three hundred historic buildings dating from 1659 to the 1930s. We developed a plan based on inventory and awareness that would allow for growth while assuring that Guilford’s rich cultural and natural resources would remain intact. The team of landscape architects, environmental and traffic planners and preservationists, together with the Guilford Preservation Alliance, Guilford Town Planner and Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation brought forward a thorough set of recommendations that guided actions for decades effectively retaining community character. The project received an American Society of Landscape Architects Merit award in 1987 and a Connecticut Public Spaces Award in 1989.


Master Plan for Preservation & Scenic Conservation


Heritage Landscapes, with Frederick P. Clark Associates.