Category Archives: landscape architecture

Limestone Guard Wall, Kimberlin Mountain: Another WPA Find

Growing up in Young County, Texas, this road was one of my dad’s favorites for a Sunday afternoon drive around Lake Possum Kingdom, or PK as we knew it.  On my recent trip to Texas, I discovered this guard wall … Continue reading

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McFadden Cabin: New Orleans City Park

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) is seen in many of the artistic and functional structures of New Orleans’ City Park.  The McFadden Girl Scout Cabin was donated to the park by William McFadden and constructed in the early 1920s, specifically … Continue reading

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Monocacy Park, Bethlehem PA

Monocacy Park, an outstanding example of WPA landscape architecture, was an unexpected find while we were in Bethlehem.  Sometimes, in spite of searching scholarly sources and archival data, the fortuitous result of a google search turns up something–voila! A news … Continue reading

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Stone Picnic Shelter in Roanoke

The stone picnic shelter in Wasena Park, Roanoke, VA was constructed during the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The land for the park was donated to the city in 1934, and landscape architect A. A. Farnham was selected to … Continue reading

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Mystery Park

I am in the best of both worlds for me: work that is fun.  This may look like an ordinary park on an ordinary summer day, but there is something pretty special about it.  What do you think it is?  … Continue reading

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Grain Elevator, Delhi, LA

Ever since I began reading Our Grandfathers’ Grain Elevators: The men of slip-formed concrete and the buildings they created in North America, they have taken on a new significance for me.  I always admired the structures, and many of them … Continue reading

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University Museum Rock Sculpture

While over at the University to make photos of the Walton-Young house for Preservation in Mississippi, I noticed the tortoise-like sculpture.  It has been a few years since I was last in this building for a class, and I don’t … Continue reading

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Jack County Courthouse Restored

Last summer I noted work on the Jack County Courthouse in Jacksboro, a 1940 Art Moderne designed by Voelker and Dixon.  As I was returning to Mississippi last month, I stopped in to see how the renovation was progressing.  The … Continue reading

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101 Places in Mississippi: Ammadelle

Ammadelle was designed in 1857 by Calvert Vaux, co-designer of Central Park in New York City.  Vaux was more widely known for his landscape architecture, and he also designed the 7-acre site on which Ammadelle sits.  The style is Italianate … Continue reading

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Works Progress Administration: Possum Kingdom Bridge

Politically speaking, the best of all landscapes, the best of all roads, are those which foster movement toward a desirable social goal. John Brinkerhoff Jackson, in Discovering the Vernacular Landscape  On my recent trip to Texas while researching the Eliasville … Continue reading

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