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Bayer Landscape Architecture Hired to Complete a Cultural Landscape Report for Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House

PROCESS TO RESTORE MARTIN HOUSE LANDSCAPE UNDERWAY

The Martin House Restoration Corporation (MHRC) announces the engagement of Bayer Landscape Architecture, PLLC of Honeoye Falls, NY to create the Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) for the Martin House Complex. Charles Birnbaum, founder and president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, DC, will consult on the effort.

The Darwin D. Martin House, a National Historic Landmark, is in the final stages of being returned to its former splendor as one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s major works from his Prairie House period. An accurately documented and rehabilitated landscape is vitally important and lies at the heart of this historic restoration of one of New York State’s most important architectural icons.

A Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) is the principal document developed for historic sites or landscapes that will guide their management and preservation. Through the development of the report, Bayer Landscape Architecture will document the history, evolution and significance of the site’s landscape, and work with the MHRC to develop and recommend a comprehensive preservation treatment. This treatment will include an overall rehabilitation of the property’s historic landscape; the likely reconstruction of missing features based on historical evidence; and will enable thoughtful future stewardship of the landscape as a central component of Buffalo’s architectural treasure.

For more information, read the full press release developed by the Martin House Restoration Corporation or visit the Martin House Complex website.

 

Bayer Landscape Architecture Receives Four Awards from the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2013

The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NYU-ASLA) has awarded Bayer Landscape Architecture with two design awards in 2013. These include an Honor Award of Excellence for the Memorial Art Gallery's Centennial Sculpture Park, and a Merit Award for the rehabilitation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Boynton House

Centennial Sculpture Park

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House

Two of our staff also received ASLA practitioner awards for their continuing commitment to excellence in our craft and service to our local communities.

Mark Bayer was awarded the Distinguished Senior Practitioner Award. This award recognizes an outstanding individual practitioner for their achievements in three areas: design, leadership, and ASLA Chapter involvement.

Zakery Steele was awarded the first-ever Distinguished Emerging Practitioner Award. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their professional career.

View all of the 2013 award winners at the NYU ASLA website: NYUASLA 2013 AWARDS


Centennial Sculpture Park receives Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation

The Rochester Regional Community Design Center (RRCDC, www.rrcdc.org), celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, recently announced the recipients of its third annual Reshaping Rochester Awards. The Memorial Art Gallery’s Centennial Sculpture Park received the 2013 Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation. Named for the late architect Robert Macon, this award is given for a building, development, or planning effort that has contributed in a unique way to the community and earned praise for its unique solution in response to urban design and the built environment.

The 2013 awards will be presented at a luncheon Thursday, December 5, from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m. at Temple B'rith Kodesh.  

More info on the award winners and the awards luncheon can be found HERE at the RRCDC’s website.

RRCDC Press Release (PDF)

Frank Lloyd Wright's Boynton House

 

BAYER LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE has completed work on the rehabilitation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Edward E. Boynton House, located in the EAST AVENUE PRESERVATION DISTRICT in Rochester, New York. The Cosentino-Parker Trust purchased the home in 2009 with the mission of fully restoring and preserving the treasured structure and rehabilitating the site. The owners have a long and successful history of significant historic rehabilitations and restorations, and the Boynton House has become their greatest passion.  

See Photos of the Gardens

The house was completed in 1908 and originally included more than 2 acres of gardens. Subsequent owners subdivided the property in the 1920s, severely compromising Wright’s vision for the house as it related to the landscape.  The preservation treatments include rehabilitated gardens and site work that re-envision elements of the 1908 Boynton House landscape on the smaller site. 

The Trust and the project team approached the project with great care, adhering to the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship, and are staying true to Wright’s vision for the property, despite its present day constraints.  The design team and contractors on the site have been meticulous in cataloging, identifying and photographing materials and components of the house as they were reviewed and reconstructed.

The design team, which includes Bero Architecture, has a longstanding passion for preservation projects, architectural design, and for Wright’s work in particular.

More about Wright’s Boynton House can be read HERE.

National Association for Olmsted Parks - 'Field Notes' newsletter, May 2012

Upcoming Genesee Valley Park West Master Plan project and past historic parks research highlighted in National Association for Olmsted Parks newsletter.  Read the May 2012 NOAP newsletter here

City of Rochester Park System, NY

Master Plan for Genesee Valley Park West

Organization Name:  City of Rochester 

Program goals/description:

The City of Rochester has selected a team led by Bayer Landscape Architecture, PLLC, a Honeoye Falls-based firm with expertise in restoration and rehabilitation of historic landscapes, to produce a master plan for Genesee Valley Park West, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.

Documentation and analysis of the park’s Olmsted heritage and surviving features is one key component of the project.  The team includes NAOP trustee Katie Eggers Comeau, architectural historian at Bero Architecture PLLC, as the local historical consultant, and Charles Beveridge, a member of the NAOP Leadership Council, to provide additional historic landscape analysis from a national perspective.  Also on the team are architecture firm LaBella Associates and waterfront design specialists Moffatt & Nichol. 

Bayer Landscape Architecture principal Mark Bayer, project manager Zakery Steele, and Katie Eggers Comeau (then with the Landmark Society of Western New York, now with Bero Architecture) previously collaborated on the Inventory of Historic Parklands in the City of Rochester, which received an Honor Award of Excellence from the New York Upstate chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2010.  That project involved documentation and analysis of all parkland in the city over 50 years old, as well as a handful of more recent parks with potential for “exceptional significance” under National Register guidelines.  Parks examined included the Olmsted parks, later large-scale city parks, as well as other elements now included in the city park system such as street malls and historic cemeteries.  The resulting report provides the City with extensive documentation, including historic photographs and maps, evaluation of current condition and integrity, and analysis of National Register eligibility potential for each park.  The team concluded that twelve of the parks not currently listed in the National Register appear eligible for listing, and that the system as a whole may qualify for National Historic Landmark status.

Genesee Valley Park is one of three large “pleasure ground” parks anchoring Rochester’s Olmsted park system, designed in 1888-1893.  The system was designed to include connecting parkways and to incorporate existing neighborhood parks and squares.  While not all the parkways were built as planned, the three large parks were substantially implemented and are at the heart of what is now an extensive municipal park system. The Olmsted firm remained involved in the development of the Rochester system into the 1910s, helping the local park commission design and implement new facilities, and, significantly, helping to mitigate damage to Genesee Valley Park when the new route of the Erie Canal bisected the park.

Genesee Valley Park is an example of Olmsted’s distinctive pastoral style, taking advantage of gently rolling terrain around the Genesee River south of downtown Rochester.  Olmsted designated the portion of the park west of the river for active recreational use, such as boating.  John C. Olmsted advised the Park Commission on appropriate ways to incorporate additional sports venues into this west section of the park as he oversaw implementation of the original design into the early 20th century.   Genesee Valley Park West remains the most intensively developed portion of the park, now containing an ice rink, pool, rowing center, tennis and baseball courts, and other facilities.  The aim of the current project is to analyze current conditions of buildings and landscape features, provide recommendations for historic landscape treatment, and produce schematic designs for the park, particularly focusing on a redesign of boating facilities.

Contact information:

Zakery Steele, Bayer Landscape Architecture, PLLC
zds@bayerla.com
(585) 582-2000
19 North Main Street, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

Katie Eggers Comeau, Bero Architecture PLLC
kcomeau@beroarchitecture.com
(585) 262-2035
32 Winthrop Street, Rochester, NY 14607

2011 NYU ASLA Award - Residential Garden Design

The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecs has awarded Bayer Landscape Architecture with the 2011 Residential Garden Design Award for our work on the Hilltop Contemporary Residence

View all of the 2011 Award Winners: NYUASLA 2011 Awards

The NYU ASLA awards program recognizes a full spectrum of innovative projects and efforts executed by individuals, firms, agencies, and academic institutions. The Honor Award of Excellence, Merit Award of Achievement, and Community Achievement Award are granted in the professional categories of Built Design; Unbuilt Design; Residential Garden Design; Planning & Analysis; and Research, Historic Preservation, and Communication.

Erie Harbor Public Enhancements - Designs Presented at Public Open House

The City of Rochester and Bayer Landscape Architecture presented the latest designs for the Erie Harbor Public Enhancements Project at an open house held in the South Wedge on July 27th.  

This was the second public meeting for the Erie Harbor Enhancements and construction on Phase I of the neighborhood linkages and park improvements will begin Fall 2011.  See the preliminary designs in the project gallery.  

Also view coverage  on YNN-Rochester as Robert Boyd, Director of the South Wedge Planning Committee, talks about the project and process.


2010 NYU ASLA Honor Award - Research, Historic Preservation & Communication

For our work on the 2009 Rochester Historic Parks Survey, Bayer Landscape Architecture has received the 2010 Honor Award of Excellence in Research, Historic Preservation & Communication from the New York Upstate chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).  The project team included The Landmark Society of Western New York (Katie Eggers Comeau) and Charles A. Birnbaum from The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

The historic parks survey includes 61 park sites, ranging in size from 800+ acres to less than one-tenth of an acre, from massive Olmsted pleasure grounds to simple street medians.  Led by the landscape architect, the project team assessed and studied each site through historic plans, maps, park records, historic photos, and site visits.

The team also prepared documentation about the overall history of the park system in Rochester and the important relationships that Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. and his successor firm had with many of the sites.  The narrative also includes descriptions of the significant thematic links to Rochester’s early nursery industry, the various park movements as they played out in Rochester, and serves as the foundation for the National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPDF) for the Municipal Park System of Rochester, New York. 

The research provides the City with information to update the existing parks management plan, confirms the historic significance of the park system, and builds an extensive body of data that may be used to prepare individual park or site applications to the National Register of Historic Places.

The NYU ASLA awards program recognizes a full spectrum of innovative projects and efforts executed by individuals, firms, agencies, and academic institutions. The Honor Award of Excellence, Merit Award of Achievement, and Community Achievement Award are granted in the professional categories of Built Design; Unbuilt Design; Residential Garden Design; Planning & Analysis; and Research, Historic Preservation, and Communication.

The entire 2009 Survey of Rochester's Historic Parklands can be downloaded here. (PDF, 34 MB)

 



Map of Historic Rochester Park Sites

2010 NYU ASLA Honor Award - Private Garden Design

Bayer Landscape Architecture has received the 2010 Honor Award of Excellence for Private Garden Design from the New York Upstate chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Built in 1911, this historic Brighton, New York, estate originally included nearly 16 acres of property that were master planned and designed by noted Rochester landscape architect Alling DeForest.  The property exists today at approximately three acres.  Much of the estate was sold to an adjacent church, which built a campus to the east of the residence.  Due largely to the subdivision of the property and subsequent construction of the church, the estate landscape was significantly reduced and was never appropriately replanned to accommodate the presence of new neighboring structures or its significantly smaller lot size. 

Bayer Landscape Architecture approached the project as a restoration endeavor, despite the reduction of the estate size to 3 acres. They made every effort to understand the character of the estate as it was originally conceived, and tried to recreate it through careful planning, design, and selection of materials.  Traditional materials and design styles were employed for all new construction.  All garden features were designed to be stylistically compatible with the existing residence, and consistent with the garden’s historic character.

The NYU ASLA awards program recognizes a full spectrum of innovative projects and efforts executed by individuals, firms, agencies, and academic institutions. The Honor Award of Excellence, Merit Award of Achievement, and Community Achievement Award are granted in the professional categories of Built Design; Unbuilt Design; Residential Garden Design; Planning & Analysis; and Research, Historic Preservation, and Communication.


Erie Harbor Public Enhancements & Waterfront

    

 
Bayer Landscape Architecture has been awarded the Erie Harbor Public Enhancements project from the City of Rochester, New York. This project includes the design and construction of three important waterfront access routes across the new Erie Harbor housing development, and the conceptual design development of the Genesee Gateway Park and waterfront trail surrounding the Erie Harbor improvements.  

UPDATE: JUL 28, 2011 - Preliminary Design Plans can be viewed here.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright's Edward E. Boynton House

 

Bayer Landscape Architecture is currently working on the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Edward E. Boynton House, located in the East Avenue Preservation District in Rochester, New York. The Cosentino-Parker Trust purchased the home in 2009 with the mission of fully restoring and preserving the treasured structure. The owners have a long and successful history of significant historic restorations and the Boynton House has become their latest and greatest passion.  

The house was completed in 1908 and originally included more than 2 acres of gardens. Subsequent owners subdivided the property in the 1920s, severely compromising Wright’s vision for the house as it related to the landscape.  The restoration includes new gardens and site work that re-envision Wiright's Boynton House landscape on the smaller site. 

The Trust and the project team are approaching the project with great care, adhering to the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship, and are staying true to Wright’s vision for the property, despite its present day constraints.  The design team and contractors on the site have been meticulous in cataloging, identifying and photographing materials and components of the house as they are reviewed and reconstructed. 

The project has been ongoing for nearly two years, with the detailed interior restoration well underway and site work to begin in Spring of 2011.  The design team, which includes Bero Architecture, has a longstanding passion for restoration projects, architectural design, and for Wright’s work in particular. Ultimately, the Trust will bestow the property to the Landmark Society of Western New York so that it will continue to receive proper care and be accessible to the Rochester community in perpetuity.

More about Wright’s Boynton House can be read here.