Charles Birnbaum on Cultural and Historical Landscapes


Gaviota Coast Conservancy is excited to announce an upcoming presentation in Santa Barbara by Charles Birnbaum, who will speak on Historic and Cultural Landscapes, which can qualify for listing on the National Register of historic sites. 

“The rural historic landscape is one of the categories of property qualifying for listing in the National Register as a historic site or district. For the purposes of the National Register, a rural historic landscape is defined as a geographical area that historically has been used by people, or shaped or modified by human activity, occupancy, or intervention, and that possesses a significant concentration, linkage, or continuity of areas of land use, vegetation, buildings and structures, roads and waterways, and natural features,” says the National Park Service.

Mr. Birnbaum is a legend in the world of historic preservation and one of the world’s leading authorities on Cultural Landscapes. While he will be discussing several specific historic landscapes in Santa Barbara, his comments and presence has significance to the Gaviota Coast and Gaviota Coast Conservancy and the Naples Coalition encourage anyone interested in the historical features of the Gaviota Coast to attend.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Citizens Planning Association of Santa Barbara & The East Valley Preservation Association


Make Visible, Instill Value and Engage the Public in Our Shared Landscape Heritage

By Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR

President + CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Washington, DC

6 pm lecture – Reception to Follow

What is the foundational knowledge that informs stewardship/interpretation of our landscape legacy? How do we assign value and assess significance for landscapes like Rancho San Carlos, Casa del Herrero and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden? How can we work (and communicate) holistically across multiple disciplines? How do we make understood a landscape’s layers of history, (a.k.a. “palimpsest”), at historic designed landscapes by such celebrated masters as Lockwood de Forest, Ralph Stevens and Florence Yoch?

Drawing heavily on both the work of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) with many of our collaborators, this lecture will highlight a diversity of resource types throughout Santa Barbara and the Nation, emphasizing stewardship strategies that can inform and inspire future preservation of historic properties.

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About Charles Birnbaum:

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, is President & CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). Prior to creating TCLF, he spent 15 years as the coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative and a decade in private practice in New York City with a focus on landscape preservation and urban design. Birnbaum was awarded the ASLA’s LaGasse Medal in 2008, the President’s Medal in 2009, and in 2017 the ASLA Medal. He's a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.

He has authored or edited numerous publications including Modern Landscapes:

Transition and Transformation (Princeton Press),
Shaping the American Landscape (UVA Press),
Design with Culture (UVA Press),
Preserving Modern Landscape Architecture (Spacemaker Press), and
Pioneers of American Landscape Design (McGraw Hill).

Through the Foundation, Birnbaum has provided technical assistance to a variety of historically significant landscapes, including:

• Mellon Square in Pittsburgh, PA;
• the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, CA;
• Olana, in Hudson, NY;
• Sunnylands, the Annenberg Estate, in Palm Springs, CA;
• Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, TX;
• Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Louisville, KY;
• Moore Square in Raleigh, NC; and
• the Campus Plan for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

August 08, 2018 at 6pm - 8pm
Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library
40 E Anapamu St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
United States
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