The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Landslide 2023 focuses on advocacy success stories

25 Years/25 Saved

The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Landslide 2023 focuses on advocacy success stories

Frick Collection, New York (Navid Baraty/Courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation)

The past 25 years, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF)—an education and advocacy organization with a mission of “connecting people to places”—has helped preserve sixty important landscapes around the country. Today, TCLF unveiled Landslide 2023: 25 Years/25 Saved, a report and digital exhibition showcasing 25 landscapes and landscape groupings across 40 sites throughout the U.S. that TCLF and partner organizations have preserved for future generations.

This year’s sites include the Franklin Court by Venturi Scott Brown & Associates; Bell Labs by Eero Saarinen; multiple parks by Lawrence Halprin; the intimate viewing garden at New York City’s Frick Collection by Russell Page; Bears Ears National Monument in Utah; Minneapolis’s Peavey Plaza; Park Central Square in Springfield, Missouri; the Quarry Amphitheater at the University of Southern California in Santa Cruz; and others.

Established in 2003, Landslide has showcased over 300 important, at-risk parks, gardens, horticultural features, working landscapes and other places that embody shared landscape heritage. Last year’s iteration focused on spaces by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. while in previous years, spaces related to labor, civil, and human rights; climate change; feminism and landscape heritage; African American, Latinx, and Indigenous contributions to landscape design; were highlighted.

Union Bank Plaza, Los Angeles (Adrian Scott Fine/Courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation)

“Advocacy is at TCLF’s core and it’s vital in public engagement and coalition building,” said TCLF president and CEO Charles A. Birnbaum. “Reflecting on TCLF’s 25th anniversary, it’s clear that without advocacy and advocates, unique cultural landscapes that tell our shared stories would be permanently lost.”

Olana in Hudson, New York (Joseph Hibbard/Courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation)

By comparison to past years, TCLF’s Landslide this year focuses on preservation success stories rather than showcasing landscapes under threat.

25 Years/25 Saved shines a light on “advocacy efforts and the advocates, often working together in strategic partnerships, who have helped set the agenda, build public awareness and engagement, empower stewards, get a seat at the table, secure media coverage, and lead the effort to sympathetically manage change at culturally significant sites.”

Freeway Park Seattle (© Aaron Leitz/Courtesy The Cultural Landscape

Below is the full list of this year’s selected sites in the Landslide 2023 report:

Allegheny Commons | Pittsburgh

140 Broadway | New York City

Green Acres | Trenton, New Jersey

Untitled Earthwork (Johnson Pit #30) | Kent, Washington

Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks | Kent, Washington

Sudama/Marabar | Washington D.C.

Becker Estate | Highland Park, Illinois

Bell Laboratories | Holmdel, New Jersey

Dumbarton Oaks Park | Washington D.C.

Tucson Convention Center | Tucson, Arizona

Union Bank Plaza | Los Angeles

Flushing Meadows Corona Park | Queens, New York

Fort Negley | Nashville, Tennessee

Franklin Court | Philadelphia

Frick Collection Russell Page Viewing Garden | New York City

Gaiety Hollow | Salem, Oregon

Charlottesville Mall | Charlottesville, Virginia

Freeway Park | Seattle

Heritage Park Plaza | Fort Worth, Texas

Manhattan Square Park | Rochester, New York

Park Central Square | Springfield, Missouri

Hannah Carter Japanese Gardens | Los Angeles

Innisfree Garden | Millbrook, New York

Manitoga | Garrison, New York

Olana | Hudson, New York

Opus 40 | Saugerties, New York

Japanese American Confinement Sites | Multiple sites Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming

The Jay Estate | Rye, New York

Miller Garden | Columbus, Indiana

Bears Ear National Monument | Utah

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness | Minnesota

Coyote Valley | San Jose, California

Peavey Plaza | Minneapolis

Princeton Battlefield | Princeton, New Jersey

Rhode Island State House Grounds | Providence, Rhode Island

Mitchell Park | Palo Alto, California

Quarry Amphitheater | Santa Cruz, California

Sunnyside Gardens | Queens, New York

Tregaron | Washington D.C.

Cadbury Factory | Moreton, United Kingdom

Dolphin Square Gardens | London

TCLF notes that while it’s successfully saved 60 Landslide sites, 150 more are still at-risk.