Arthur A. Shurcliff: Colonial Revival, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Evolution of a Landscape Architect

posted Mar 6, 2016, 9:40 AM by Bill Marzella   [ updated Mar 6, 2016, 9:55 AM ]
A Lecture by Elizabeth Hope Cushing, Ph.D.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016


By fortune and to a degree by happenstance Arthur Shurcliff took part in a significant early 20th century “restoration” project: the fashioning of Colonial Williamsburg. Within the unusualness of taking on the preservation of an entire town, Shurcliff’s role was without precedent, and one he was uniquely suited to assume. He served as chief landscape architect for design and planning decisions made between the inception of what was called The Restoration in 1928, until 1941 when he retired. The complex issues that arose during the restoration, recreation, and creation within the quiet, little town—discussions that have grown and multiplied over the ensuing years— are the subject of this presentation.

ELIZABETH HOPE CUSHING, Ph.D., is the author of a book, Arthur A. Shurcliff: Design Preservation, and the Creation of the Colonial Williamsburg Landscape based on her doctoral dissertation for the American and New England Studies program at Boston University. She is also a coauthor, with Keith N. Morgan and Roger Reed, of Community by Design, released in 2013. Cushing is a practicing landscape historian who consults, writes, and lectures on landscape matters. She has written cultural landscape history reports for the Taft Art Museum in Cincinnati, the National Park Service, the Department of Conservation and Recreation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and other institutions and agencies. Her contributor credits include Pioneers of American Landscape Design (McGraw Hill Companies, 2000), Design with Culture: Claiming America’s Landscape Heritage (University of Virginia Press, 2005), Shaping the American Landscape (University of Virginia Press, 2009), and Drawing Toward Home (Historic New England, 2010). She has received a grant from the Gill Family Foundation to write a biography of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., which she is currently researching and writing.

The First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 
6:30 pm – reception, 7:00 pm – lecture


Reservations are not required. $10.00 for Latrobe Chapter members, student members (full time) free with ID, $18.00 for non-members.
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Bill Marzella,
Mar 6, 2016, 9:43 AM
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