Urban planning community | #theplannerlife

+ Reply to thread
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: USA TODAY Article - Sights set on taking back battlefield to 1863

  1. #1
    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003

    USA TODAY Article - Sights set on taking back battlefield to 1863


    The Park Service is using historical maps, photos, sketches and archival records to recreate topographic and other features. The plan calls for clearing woods, replanting orchards, restoring fencing and rehabilitating farm lanes and roads that once crisscrossed the battlefield.

    Perhaps the most controversial part of the plan calls for demolishing noted architect Richard Neutra's 1962 Cyclorama, home to Paul Dominique Philippoteaux's historic circa 1884 painting of the battle.
    Interesting photo gallery:

    It has been several years since I was there,
    has anybody experienced / photograph some of these changes in this historical landscape ?

    How far should historical landscapes be maintained ?
    To invoke the experience.

    Are you involved with any historical landscapes ?
    Me - no

  2. #2
    Mod Gedunker's avatar
    Aug 2003
    The Wonderland Way
    The Park Service is to be applauded. The images with the USAToday website do show a remarkable contrast between what the battlefield looked like just recently and what historians believe soldiers likely saw in the first three days of July, 1863. I've visited the battlefield several times and was frustrated that modern incursions (natural as well as man-made) made it nearly impossible to visualize the way it looked in 1863.

    They often don't get enough credit, but "kudos" to the NPS and keep it up.
    Not valid without corporate seal

  3. #3
    Cyburbian Plan 9's avatar
    Jun 2007

    But wouldn't they have to denude the trees of most of their leaves and branches (from cannon and small arms fire, and building of fortifications), and pretty much leave any open fields in dirt/mud (from many marching/charging feet) if they wanted to get a truly authentic look?

+ Reply to thread

More at Cyburbia

  1. Replies: 3
    Last post: 10 Sep 2013, 1:44 PM
  2. Article: Way Back Then
    Front Page Article Comments
    Replies: 0
    Last post: 07 Jun 2012, 10:56 AM
  3. Article: What is Downtown Today?
    Front Page Article Comments
    Replies: 16
    Last post: 01 Apr 2012, 8:19 PM
  4. USA Today article about - Dog Parks
    Friday Afternoon Club
    Replies: 3
    Last post: 11 Dec 2011, 6:53 PM
  5. Replies: 9
    Last post: 08 Nov 2008, 3:34 PM