2013 Merit Award National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Northwestern Branch, Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Damon Farber Associates
Project Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Category: Analysis & Planning Additional Credits: Research, writing - Hess Roise Management, writing - Miller Dunwiddie Management - CBE The National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers is a National Historic Landmark. The historic campus, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, comprises 170-acres of a beautiful, rolling mature landscape that displays the essence of the picturesque landscape. The campus originated during the American Civil War to care for injured soldiers. In 1930, the NHDVS organization was absorbed into the newly created Veterans Administration (VA). Many of the original campus buildings remain, and the campus continues to be used largely in the same way. In 2011, the site was designated as a National Historic Landmark (NHL), providing strong protection for the campus, and recognizing the landscape architecture as a significant component to the cultural resource.
Development within an NHL triggers review from local and national agencies including the National Park Service, The Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, The National Trust for Historic Places and local State Historic Preservation Office. A cultural resources team was retained to complete historic documentation for the campus. As part of the team, the landscape architects completed a level 1 Historic American Landscapes Study (HALS). To create the mapping and graphics, the landscape architects drew all linework and maps by referencing historic maps, photography, and artwork. The landscape architects developed a new approach for completion of a HALS document, and created a higher standard for this National Park Service documentation program. The landscape architects continue to remain involved with the review of the campus projects, and the HALS document has become a valuable and accessible tool for campus development.
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