Professional Practice
Documented Historic Landscapes

Since HALS was established in 2000 to document our country's dynamic landscapes, much progress has been made in identifying and documenting historically significant designed and vernacular cultural landscapes. As documentation is submitted, the full list of HALS sites continues to grow. At the start of 2014, information on more than 450 sites was accessible on the Library of Congress’ website. There are 495 sites on the current list.

Below are a selection of documented HALS sites from across the United States that focus on a shared theme or feature, with links to the selected landscapes' documentation on the Library of Congress’ website. This page will be updated periodically to highlight different themes.

HALS Highlights:

Holland Prize Honorable Mention Winners

The Leicester B. 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. Here are a few landscape architecture Holland Prize winners from years past:

Fleming Garden, HALS CA-43
Berkeley, California
Winning drawing by Cate Bainton

San Francisco National Cemetery, HALS CA-1
San Francisco, California
Winning drawing by Cate Bainton

The Main Gate and Auburn Oaks at Toomer's Corner, HALS AL-3
Auburn, Alabama
Winning drawing by Doug Bacon and Ivan Vanchev