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Los Angeles Arboretum earns 2017 Preservation Award from the L.A. Conservancy

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Entry pavilion ©J. Paul Getty Trust used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.

In recognition of a comprehensive assessment of its historical resources, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden has earned the prestigious 2017 Preservation Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy.

The L.A. Conservancy said the Arboretum’s meticulously detailed Cultural Landscape Report and Treatment Plan “is an exemplary document that serves as a model for botanic gardens nationwide.” It noted, “As part of this project, the entire landscape and built environment was surveyed, and the Arboretum was determined as eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. All contributing buildings, structures, and landscape features were documented and evaluated.

“The National Park Service recommends the use of cultural landscape reports to guide proper documentation and treatment of historic landscapes, yet few stewards of historic landscapes use them,“ the L.A. Conservancy said in announcing the award. The plan provides a vital guide for caring for the Arboretum’s wide range of cultural resources, with a notably “proactive approach.”

“We now have the road map to preserve features reflecting our rich heritage, from the beautiful buildings of the Baldwin Ranch to 20th century gardens,” said Richard Schulhof, Arboretum CEO. “We thank the Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation for its very generous support of this project.”

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