Historic Landscape Restoration
Instructor: Barbara Geiger
Date: Early-Bird Registration Fee: $1,000
Regular Registration: $1,050
As significant as structures but more of a moving target, historic landscapes are key components in the character of a place and containers of its history. This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of preservation and restoration of cultural landscapes from small gardens to larger public spaces. Topics include assessing a site, archival and site research, formulating an approach, choosing plants, and developing a plan and schedule for implementation. Class time will be divided between covering the principles
indoors and applying them to an outdoor site. This course will be useful to site managers and directors, gardeners and landscape designers, and restoration architects who work, or wish to work, with historic properties.
Barbara Geiger – Stories Rooted in the Land -
Barbara Geiger is a landscape historian and preservation specialist who believes that historic properties need appropriate outdoor settings. She has consulted on such diverse restoration projects as the Baha’i Temple grounds in Wilmette, the historic 1870 lagoons in Jackson Park, and the Glen View Club’s 1897 prairie-style golf course. Currently she is developing a landscape master plan for the Frances Willard House (1867) National Historic Landmark in Evanston, with a grant from the National Trust. Barbara has taught for over a decade in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the School of the Art Institute. She lectures widely at many Chicago-area institutions, and published Low-Key Genius: The Life and Work of Landscape-Gardener O.C. Simonds in 2011. Barbara has served on the Fund and Easement Committee of Landmarks Illinois, and the Wilmette Historic Preservation Commission. Her graduate degree is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the few schools to offer a cultural landscape preservation specialization.
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