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Documented Historic Landscapes

Since the Historic American Landscapes Survey (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 more than 800 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

Since 2010, landscape architecture preservation enthusiasts from every state have been challenged to complete at least one HALS short format history to increase awareness of particular cultural landscapes. The theme for the 2020 HALS Challenge is Vanishing or Lost Landscapes. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020 and the winners of the HALS Challenge will be announced at the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in Miami. In tandem with this year’s theme, below we highlight a few vanishing or lost landscapes already in the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection:

The Smokey Hollow Community, HALS FL-9
Tallahassee, Leon County, FL

Ellis Island, HALS NY-9
New York Harbor, New York County, NY

Pine Ranch, HALS AZ-4
Littlefield, Mohave County, AZ

HALS Documented Sites

The complete list of HALS sites is viewable online, and we are working to get all locations on the map as well:




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Historic Landscapes (HALS)