For the Village of Riverside, IL
Heritage Landscapes worked with the Village of Riverside, in collaboration with National Park Service, Midwest Region and National Register Program, to update the 1969 Riverside National Historic Landmark Landscape Architecture District, to more explicitly incorporate the contributing elements of the Olmsted Vaux Riverside design and build-out in an NHL Amendment. Our work comprised:
The master landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. and Calvert Vaux developed the plan for Riverside as a residential village in 1869. The 1969 NHL explanation was brief and uninformative. Heritage Landscapes, working with Charles Beveridge, PhD. Olmsted Historian, identified a detailed list of contributing features including, street pattern, sidewalks with lawn verges, street lighting rhythm and scale, small green triangles and peninsulas, large commons defined by streets and the variable setbacks of houses that contribute to the graceful curvilinear forms of circulation and green space. The NHL amendment expands the boundary of the listed district to include another 46 acres, to 1,176 acres in total, adding a residential area planned by Olmsted and Vaux.
WORK Riverside Landscape Architecture District National Historic Landmark Amendment, 2002TEAM:
Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Planners & Landscape Architects; Charles Beveridge, Olmsted Historian
Sections through the Riverside Village demonstrate the pervasive presence of common landscapes and setbacks of house yards at varying scales
Section visually depicts the dimensions mapped that indicate setbacks on residential lots, this variability echoes and augments the undulating lines of the Riverside landscape, plan courtesy Village of Riverside.
Riverside contributing landscape features array throughout the neighborhood, while street patterns and bridges on the right depart from the historic plan.
This composite map depicts in color the contributing landscape features. Shown together with images of the village depicting both overall context and specific features.