The Evergreens is the only cemetery for which Andrew Jackson Downing (1815-1852), the preeminent landscape designer and tastemaker of nineteenth-century America, acted as designer. Though altered over time, it still embodies the Picturesque characteristics that he, propounded – a network of curving roadways that passed through groves of trees and shrubs in rolling topography, skirted water features reflecting earth and sky, and offered varied sequential views of monuments and scenery.
Historians, arborists, and engineers joined Rhodeside & Harwell to uncover the history of this prestigious landscape to help the cemetery chart a path forward that will respect the history of the site while it looks to the necessities of maintaining the landscape into the future. The resulting Cultural Landscape Report was done in accordance with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, with Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes.
Client – The Evergreens Cemetery Preservation Foundation