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Project: Cultural + Civic

Meredith Nicholson House

Located in the Old Northside in downtown Indianapolis, this significant historic, Georgian style home currently serves as the headquarters for Indiana Humanities. It’s named for the Meredith Nicholson, a famous American author and diplomat who wrote the novel, House of a Thousand Candles along with several other well-known books.

PROJECTS / Cultural & Civic

Meredith Nicholson House

Located in the Old Northside in downtown Indianapolis, this significant historic, Georgian style home currently serves as the headquarters for Indiana Humanities. It’s named for the Meredith Nicholson, a famous American author and diplomat who wrote the novel, House of a Thousand Candles along with several other well-known books.

This project included the preparation of a landscape design and subsequent construction documentation to replace and augment existing plantings. The simple design incorporates a combination of native perennials, ornamental grasses and other low maintenance plant materials inspired by the formal style indicative of Georgian garden design.  Care was taken to maintain a clear view of the home and highlight the illustrious detailing.  New perimeter plantings delineate an outdoor event space in the rear yard.






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First State Capitol

The project involved implementation of an initial phase of Landstory’s master plan effort for Indiana’s first State Capitol site, with a focus on improvements to the historic courthouse building and surrounding town square.  The approach involved development of a sustainable design to resolve deteriorating sidewalks, mitigate inadequate surface drainage, improve deteriorating utilities, placement of a new storage building, enhancement of the area immediately surrounding former Governor O’Bannon’s memorial and improvements to an existing gazebo.  Landstory developed phasing plans to supplement the town square landscape with native and sustainable tree species as part of a reforestation effort. The landscape architect worked closely with the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and the Department of Historic Preservation and their archaeology team to protect several historically significant areas within the square during construction.  The project was completed in time for Indiana’s Bicentennial and served as the starting point for the 3200 mile celebratory torch run through all 92 counties. 

PROJECTS / Cultural & Civic

First State Capitol

The project involved implementation of an initial phase of Landstory’s master plan effort for Indiana’s first State Capitol site, with a focus on improvements to the historic courthouse building and surrounding town square.  The approach involved development of a sustainable design to resolve deteriorating sidewalks, mitigate inadequate surface drainage, improve deteriorating utilities, placement of a new storage building, enhancement of the area immediately surrounding former Governor O’Bannon’s memorial and improvements to an existing gazebo.  Landstory developed phasing plans to supplement the town square landscape with native and sustainable tree species as part of a reforestation effort. The landscape architect worked closely with the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and the Department of Historic Preservation and their archaeology team to protect several historically significant areas within the square during construction.  The project was completed in time for Indiana’s Bicentennial and served as the starting point for the 3200 mile celebratory torch run through all 92 counties. 




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Culbertson Mansion – New Albany

For this project, a conceptual landscape plan and construction documentation were prepared for the historic Culbertson Mansion, a Second Empire home built in 1867 in New Albany, Indiana. The project scope of work consisted of the renovation to the original iron fence and limestone walls, stairs, realignment and repair of brick paver walks, lawn areas and new landscape plantings. The landscape design is elegant but simplified through use of native perennials, ornamental grasses and other low maintenance planting material.

PROJECTS / Cultural & Civic

Culbertson Mansion

For this project, a conceptual landscape plan and construction documentation were prepared for the historic Culbertson Mansion, a Second Empire home built in 1867 in New Albany, Indiana. The project scope of work consisted of the renovation to the original iron fence and limestone walls, stairs, realignment and repair of brick paver walks, lawn areas and new landscape plantings. The landscape design is elegant but simplified through use of native perennials, ornamental grasses and other low maintenance planting material.






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