LALH books and films help protect and restore American places.

Delaware Park Meadow, Buffalo, New York

Delaware Park Meadow, Buffalo, N. Y. ©Andy Olenick,

The Best Planned City in the World (LALH, 2013) illuminates the brilliance of the Olmsted and Vaux plan. Members of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy are using the book and LALH film to rally support to recover park area lost to development.


South Lawn, Naumkeag, Stockbridge, Mass.

Restored South Lawn, Naumkeag, Stockbridge, Mass. Courtesy the Trustees of Reservations.

Fletcher Steele and Naumkeag: A Playground for the Imagination (LALH film, 2012) was used by The Trustees of Reservations to build support for a $2 million restoration campaign. Information from Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect (LALH, 2003) has helped set priorities for the initiative.


View across Lake Wilomere, Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.

Lake Willowmere, Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Ill. Photo by Carol Betsch.

Graceland Cemetery, A Design History (LALH, 2012) reveals that many designers had a hand in shaping this famous place. Stewards of the site use the book to guide restoration decisions with this complexity in mind.


Dumbarton Oaks Park, Georgetown, D.C.

Forsythia Gate, Dumbarton Oaks Park (detail), Washington, D.C. Photograph by Jim Osen.

A Genius for Place (LALH, 2007) makes the case that Dumbarton Oaks Park is a unique and important work of American art. The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy uses the book to educate the public about the park’s value and restoration potential.


Auburn Lake, Mount Auburn Cemetery

Auburn Lake, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Boston, Mass. Photograph by Richard Cheek.

Silent City on a Hill (LALH, 2007) has rallied support for preservation of nineteenth-century cemeteries throughout the country.


New wing, Reynolda House Museum of Art, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Reynolda House Museum of Art, Winston-Salem, N.C. Courtesy Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP.

A World of Her Own Making (LALH, 2007) helped the stewards of Reynolda House Museum of Art select a design for a new museum wing that would not intrude on the historic landscape.


Venice Avenue, Venice, Fla.

Venice Avenue, Venice, Fla. Photo by Dayna Barnes via Wikimedia.

New Towns for Old (LALH, 2005) rallied support for zoning laws that prohibit the high-rise condominiums in the historic center of Venice, the Florida town designed by John Nolen.


Amphitheater, Camden (Maine) Public Library

Amphitheater, Camden (Maine) Public Library. Photo by Carol Betsch.

Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect (LALH, 2003)  garnered support for restoring the Camden Public Library amphitheatre designed by Fletcher Steele c. 1930 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2013.


Forest Hills Gardens, Queens, N.Y.

Forest Hills Gardens, Queens, NY. Courtesy Wikimedia.

A Modern Arcadia (LALH, 2002) has helped residents of Forest Hills Gardens determine design guidelines for updates to homes, grounds, and parks in the 1907 commuter suburb planned by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.


Italian Garden, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, Fla.

Italian Garden, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, Fla. Courtesy Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Archives.

The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman (LALH, 1996) revealed the hidden genius of one of the first American women landscape architects, leading to the discovery of many works by her, several of which have now been restored.


Boy with Dolphin, Gwinn Estate, Cleveland, Ohio.

Boy with Dolphin, Gwinn Estate, Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Carol Betsch.

The Muses of Gwinn (LALH, 1995) helped new owners of the Lake Erie estate make informed preservation decisions as they adapted the 1906 estate to contemporary needs.