Announcing the 2014 Leicester B. Holland Prize: A Single-Sheet Measured Drawing Competition
The Holland Prize is an annual competition, open to both students and professionals, that recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of an historic building, site, or structure prepared to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) for inclusion in the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection at The Library of Congress.
The winner of the 2014 Holland Prize will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a certificate of recognition, and publication of the winning drawing in “Preservation Architect,” the online newsletter of The American Institute of Architects’ Historic Resources Committee. Merit awards may also be given.
There is no charge to enter the competition. Entry forms must be submitted by May 31, 2014 and completed entries postmarked by June 30, 2014. Download the competition entry form and learn more about the 2014 Leicester B. Holland Prize on the National Park Service website.
For the past three years, a landscape architect has been awarded honorable mention, along with a cash prize. Here are a few landscape architecture Holland Prize winners from years past:
Fleming Garden, HALS CA-43
Drawn by: Cate Bainton
“The Fleming Garden is an excellent and inspiring example of a privately-owned, all-native residential garden in California, and a remarkable testimony to the power of impassioned amateurs. Scott Fleming – lawyer by vocation, builder by avocation – shaped the steep hillside site 1951-55, guided by the plot plan of modern architect Elizabeth Witkin. He built retaining walls, paths, waterfall, and stream in a naturalistic style 1956-71, while Jenny Fleming – nurse-homemaker by vocation, gardener by avocation – selected and placed plants. She started with memories of non-native fruit trees from her childhood in southern California, and of aspen from Scott Fleming’s childhood in Nevada. When the non-native fruit trees died or languished from the clay soil, fog, wind, and foraging deer, her passion became native plant horticulture. Noted native plantsmen James Roof and Wayne Roderick, and nature, provided guidance…
The Flemings were dedicated advocates for native plants in California, helping to found and lead the California Native Plant Society, and to promote gardening with native plants. Although it has always been a private residential garden, the garden has been toured by so many classes and groups, and photographed for so many publications, that it has become a part of the public consciousness as an exemplary native garden. The beauty of the garden and its history combine to make it an exceptional garden.”
San Francisco National Cemetery, HALS CA-1
Drawn by: Cate Bainton
“When the San Francisco National Cemetery was established in 1884, it was the first national cemetery on the Pacific Coast, and it remained the only national cemetery on that Coast for forty years. Since at least 1866, the cemetery site served as the Post Cemetery for the Presidio of San Francisco, a strategic military post established by Spain in 1776. The National Cemetery is located adjacent to, and has the same orientation as, the historic Main Post, and it fronts Lincoln Boulevard, one of the main historic roads through the Presidio. The National Cemetery nearly tripled in size during its first fifty years. The landscape has changed little since 1934, except for the loss of tree canopy, and is a major designed landscape component within the larger Presidio landscape. The northeast half of the National Cemetery is of predicted archeological interest for the period 1866-1889.”
The Main Gate and Auburn Oaks at Toomer’s Corner, HALS AL-3
Drawn by: Doug Bacon and Ivan Vanchev
“Toomer’s Corner is Auburn’s town center which hosts celebrations of athletic victories, political and religious speeches, breaking news, and town gatherings. Two oak trees that once occupied the site near the historic Main Gate had to be removed after a rival football fan poisoned the trees with herbicide. Toomer’s Corner is best known for celebrations involving the “rolling” of the corner with toilet paper where large crowds of Auburn fans gather after athletic triumphs. This ritualistic event hosted at the threshold between campus and town is an expression of the “Auburn Spirit,” and makes the site both sacred and culturally significant to the community.”
by Chris Stevens, ASLA, Landscape Architect and Past Chair of the Historic Preservation PPN