Cultural Landscape Report Collection

Park Cultural Landscapes Program

Updated Cultural Landscapes

The Cultural Landscape Report Collection on IRMA

A Cultural Landscape Report cover has a photo of the Hampton Mansion from the lawn
Volume I of the NPS Cultural Landscape Report for Hampton National Historic Site contains the site history, existing conditions, and analysis and evaluation.

Are you looking for a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR)? The Park Cultural Landscapes Program maintains a collection of published CLRs in the IRMA Data Store (Integrated Resource Management Applications). The reports in this series range from early park landscape reports, dating as far back as 1956 (before the form and use of this report type was standardized), to the most recent documents that use more advanced geo-spatial analysis, like digital reconstructions or LiDAR surveys.

The Cultural Landscape Report for Hampton National Historic Site, Volume I, the source of the images and maps shown here, is just one of the reports in the CLR collection available on IRMA.

A Growing Digital Collection

Many of the recently-created CLRs are available for download. There is a wealth of older park reports that were created before the era of a computer on every desk. In partnership with the University of Arizona and the Western Archeological Conservation Center, the NPS Park Historic Structures and Cultural Landscapes Program is currently working towards digitizing this expansive collection of CLRs and HSRs (Historic Structures Reports). The reports will be available through IRMA.

With potential value to park managers, researchers, and anyone in the public, the CLR report collection is rich with stories and surprises. It demonstrates how the management and preservation of documentation directly impacts the management and preservation of cultural landscapes.

Two people on a dirt road of a farm, between a wooden fence and a weeping willow tree.
Gelatin print of the Hampton Farm Road, c. 1897. Cultural Landscape Reports contain both historic and contemporary images as documentation of the landscape condition (Hampton National Historic Site 44216).

What is a Cultural Landscape Report?

A Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) is the primary treatment document for a cultural landscape. It documents the history, significance, and treatment of a cultural landscape.

A comprehensive CLR includes the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Part I – Site History, Existing Conditions, and Analysis and Evaluation: Evaluates the history and integrity of the landscape, including any changes to its geographic context, features, materials, and use
  • Part II – Treatment: Presents the treatment plan in the form of recommendations, guidelines, or a “blueprint” vision for the future of the landscape
  • Part III – Record of Treatment: Documents past implementation of the CLR treatment plan
  • Appendices, Bibliography, and Index
A site plan depicts the arrangement of buildings, gardents, roads, trees, and other features of the cultural landscape.
Cultural Landscape Reports often contain maps and site plans, such as this 2013 Existing Conditions Overview of Hampton National Historic Site from the NPS Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation.

A CLR establishes preservation goals grounded in research, inventory, documentation, and analysis and evaluation of the landscape’s characteristics and features.

CLRs play a significant role in park management. They are used during the planning and design process, cultural resource management, and natural resource management. They can be a reference for cyclic maintenance, long-term projects, and interpretative programs.

Additional Information

See also: Guide to Cultural Landscape Reports.

Can’t find what you need?  Contact the Park Cultural Landscapes Program via email or the program lead in your region.

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