Congratulations 2012 HALS Challenge Winners!

Mission La Purisima Concepcion Site Plan (Douglas Nelson, 17 July 2012, HALS CA-79)

Mission La Purisima Concepcion Site Plan (Douglas Nelson, 17 July 2012, HALS CA-79)
image: LOC

Results of the 3rd annual HALS Challenge, Documenting the American Latino Landscape, were announced at the HALS Meeting of the Phoenix, Arizona ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Sponsored by the National Park Service, cash prizes were awarded to the top 3 submissions. This challenge has resulted in many valuable donations to the HALS collection.

Congratulations to the winners:

1st Place: Mission San Francisco de Asís HALS CA-83, San Francisco, CA by Denise Bradley.

View to the southwest of the central portion of the Mission San Francisco de Asís cemetery. The cast stone statue of “The Padre” (1909, cast 1916-17) by sculptor Arthur Putnam was added to the cemetery in 1918 but was moved to this location sometime after 1960. The rose garden, which surrounds the statue, was donated by the Golden Gate Rose Society and continues to be maintained by volunteers from the society. (Denise Bradley, July 2012, HALS CA-83).
image: ASLA

2nd Place: El Tiradito HALS AZ-8, Tucson, AZ by Barry Price Steinbrecher.

Barry Price Steinbrecher receives her 2nd place certificate from Paul Dolinsky, Chief of HALS. Gina Chorover, Arizona ASLA Chapter HALS Liaison, is at the left and Helen Breslich Erickson is second from left. All 3 woman are founding members of the HALS Arizona Chapter (http://www.azhals.org/Arizona_HALS/Home.html).

Barry Price Steinbrecher receives her 2nd place certificate from Paul Dolinsky, Chief of HALS. Gina Chorover, Arizona ASLA Chapter HALS Liaison, is at the left and Helen Breslich Erickson is second from left. All 3 woman are founding members of the HALS Arizona Chapter (http://www.azhals.org/Arizona_HALS/Home.html).
image: ASLA

El Tiradito shrine with neighboring adobe building to the south, looking southwest from the northeast corner of the lot (Barry Price Steinbrecher, July 2012, HALS AZ-8).

El Tiradito shrine with neighboring adobe building to the south, looking southwest from the northeast corner of the lot (Barry Price Steinbrecher, July 2012, HALS AZ-8).
image: ASLA

3rd Place: Exemplary Communal Effort of the HALS Northern California Chapter to document 16 of the California Missions, HALS CA-66; 71-75; & 79-88, California Statewide by contributing members of The HALS Northern California Chapter:

April Philips, Cate Bainton, Cathy Garrett, Chris Pattillo, Denise Bradley, Douglas Nelson, Elva Gomez, Holly Peterson, Janet Gracyk, Jill Johnson, Joseph Culberg-McClung, Kerri Liljegren, Larkin Owens, Libby Simon, Linda Van Fossen, Reed Dillingham, Robert Nicolais, Sarah Raube, and Theresa Brunner.

Chris Pattillo, left, and Jennifer de Graaf, center, receive 16 3rd place certificates on behalf of the exemplary communal effort of the HALS Northern California Chapter to document 16 of the California Missions. Pattillo is the Northern California ASLA Chapter HALS Liaison, and both women are previous chairs of the HALS Northern California Chapter (http://halsca.org/).

Chris Pattillo, left, and Jennifer de Graaf, center, receive 16 3rd place certificates on behalf of the exemplary communal effort of the HALS Northern California Chapter to document 16 of the California Missions. Pattillo is the Northern California ASLA Chapter HALS Liaison, and both women are previous chairs of the HALS Northern California Chapter (http://halsca.org/).
image: ASLA

The other wonderful short form history entries for 2012 included: Sunnyside Addition HALS MI-5; Village of Chimayo HALS NM-7; and Chicago and North Western Railroad Passenger Depot (La Estacíon Restaurante) HALS WI-14. The HALS office is continuing the challenge again in 2013 with a new theme, Documenting the Cultural Landscapes of Women. Short format histories should be submitted to HALS at the National Park Service no later than July 31, 2013 (c/o Paul Dolinsky, Chief of HALS, 202-354-2116). Sponsored by HALS, cash prizes will again be awarded to the top three submissions. Results will be announced at the Boston September 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo during the HALS Meeting. Good luck and thank you for helping to preserve American landscapes!  Click here for more information:  HALS Challenge  and HALS on ASLA.

The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) was created in 2000 as a federal program to document historic landscapes in the United States and its territories. Documentation is critical to preserving these significant sites for the benefit of future generations. Like its companion programs, the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), HALS produces written and graphic records used by educators, land managers, and preservation planners as well as the general public. The National Park Service (NPS) administers the planning and operation of HALS, standardizes formats and develops guidelines for recording landscapes, and catalogs and/or publishes the information when appropriate. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) provides professional guidance and technical advice for the program through its Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network. The Library of Congress (LOC) accepts and preserves HALS documents, furnishes reproductions of material, and makes records available to the public.

by Chris Stevens, Landscape Architect, Historic Preservation PPN

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