Cultural Landscapes

Cultural Landscapes, Cultural Landscape Reports (CLRs) - ARG

ARG’s Planning and History Group has completed several Cultural Landscape Reports (CLRs), which are the primary reports that document the history, significance, and recommended treatment of cultural landscapes. An effective part of preservation planning, CLRs address goals for the use or reuse of historic properties. Although specific contents are tailored to meet client goals, CLRs typically include a historic context statement; a chronology of development and use; an evaluation of integrity, significance, and period of significance; a list of character-defining features; a conditions assessment; and repair or treatment recommendations.

The Ahwahnee, Cultural Landscape Report, Yosemite National Park, CA
The Ahwahnee, which was designed by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood and completed in 1927, is considered one of greatest of the national park lodges and is a National Historic Landmark. Architectural Resources Group (ARG) oversaw the preparation of “The Ahwahnee Cultural Landscape Report Parts I and II” (CLR), written by AECOM, while concurrently completing “The Ahwahnee Historic Structures Report” (HSR). ARG conducted primary and secondary research for both reports and oversaw all aspects of project management.


Marconi/RCA Transmitting and Receiving Stations, Cultural Landscape Report, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
ARG led the effort to complete a Cultural Landscape Report for two properties within Point Reyes National Seashore that are nationally significant for their association with the development of wireless communications systems during the twentieth century.


Thurston Lava Tube, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, HI
As principal architect, ARG worked with landscape architects Royston Hanamoto Alley and Abey (RHAA), to prepare a CLR to address the significance, integrity, and history of the site, to evaluate all contributing and non-contributing resources, and to make treatment recommendations regarding the significant resources associated with the overlook, the trail, and the lava tube.

All photos courtesy of Architectural Resources Group.