Project: Urban Design + Planning

Lexington Distillery District Master Plan

The consultant team including Landstory was responsible for the development of a Master Plan for a deteriorating, but significant historical district adjacent to downtown Lexington Kentucky. The area currently consists of two former distilleries, historic residential neighborhoods, the Town Branch Creek and several existing, industrial businesses.

Project involved the following:

  • Extensive analysis of existing and future utility needs
  • Evaluation and recommendations for improvements to the floodway and floodplain
  • Options for pedestrian connectivity
  • Identification of future land uses
  • Preliminary cost estimation and phasing
  • Streetscape design

PROJECTS / URBAN DESIGN + PLANNING

Lexington Distillery District Master Plan

The consultant team including Landstory was responsible for the development of a Master Plan for a deteriorating, but significant historical district adjacent to downtown Lexington Kentucky. The area currently consists of two former distilleries, historic residential neighborhoods, the Town Branch Creek and several existing, industrial businesses.

Project involved the following:

  • Extensive analysis of existing and future utility needs
  • Evaluation and recommendations for improvements to the floodway and floodplain
  • Options for pedestrian connectivity
  • Identification of future land uses
  • Preliminary cost estimation and phasing
  • Streetscape design

JW Marriott / Convention Center Complex

When Indianapolis was selected to host the Super Bowl in 2011, new public spaces were needed for visitors and spectators alike. Landstory’s focus became the design of a myriad of public spaces formed by the new Marriott Hotel campus, the public plaza along West Washington Street and the Convention Center Ballroom facility. The White Art Plaza formed by the facades of the JW Marriott, Fairfield Inn and Springhill Suites, incorporated three important Indiana state symbols; the flower, tree and bird. A forty foot stylized red cardinal, the state bird, appears to be perched on a decorative tulip branch, the state tree. The tulip tree is reflected in the decorative pavement surrounding the cardinal sculpture. Parallel to the street is a mosaic water wall depicting fields of peonies, the state flower. The patterns of the surface pavement along West Street are oriented to reinforce views of significant facilities nearby, including the Indiana State Office Building, the Eiteljorg Museum and White River State Park.

PROJECTS / URBAN DESIGN + PLANNING

JW Marriott / Convention Center Complex

When Indianapolis was selected to host the Super Bowl in 2011, new public spaces were needed for visitors and spectators alike. Landstory’s focus became the design of a myriad of public spaces formed by the new Marriott Hotel campus, the public plaza along West Washington Street and the Convention Center Ballroom facility. The White Art Plaza formed by the facades of the JW Marriott, Fairfield Inn and Springhill Suites, incorporated three important Indiana state symbols; the flower, tree and bird. A forty foot stylized red cardinal, the state bird, appears to be perched on a decorative tulip branch, the state tree. The tulip tree is reflected in the decorative pavement surrounding the cardinal sculpture. Parallel to the street is a mosaic water wall depicting fields of peonies, the state flower. The patterns of the surface pavement along West Street are oriented to reinforce views of significant facilities nearby, including the Indiana State Office Building, the Eiteljorg Museum and White River State Park.

Irvington Streetscape

Recognized for its rich Arts & Crafts architecture and significant location along the Old National Road (US 40), Landstory was responsible for the streetscape design and to tell the story of this wonderful, near east historic neighborhood in Indianapolis. Colors, images, and forms reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts movement were incorporated in all aspects of the design along with the original brick paved streets unearthed in the medians. Significant design elements included customized amenities, lighting, signage and stylized crosswalks. Before implementation, local developers learned of the revitalization efforts and made significant investment in the commercial district. Today, the Historic Irvington neighborhood continues this exciting rebirth and it serves as a destination for dining and shopping. Several, new mix-use developments are being planned and residential real estate values are at an all-time high.

PROJECTS / Urban Design + Planning

Irvington Streetscape

Recognized for its rich Arts & Crafts architecture and significant location along the Old National Road (US 40), Landstory was responsible for the streetscape design and to tell the story of this wonderful, near east historic neighborhood in Indianapolis. Colors, images, and forms reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts movement were incorporated in all aspects of the design along with the original brick paved streets unearthed in the medians. Significant design elements included customized amenities, lighting, signage and stylized crosswalks. Prior to construction, local developers learned of the revitalization efforts and made significant investment in the commercial district. Today, the Historic Irvington neighborhood continues this exciting rebirth and it serves as a destination for dining and shopping. Several, new mix-use developments are being planned and residential real estate values continue to escalate in this exciting, burgeoning area near downtown Indianapolis.

Evansville Washington Avenue

Landstory assisted the consulting engineer with the design of streetscape improvements for historic Hanie’s Corner Arts District at the juncture of four National Register Historic Districts in Evansville, Indiana. The project was envisioned as a local model combining green infrastructure and neighborhood economic revitalization. Key urban design features include a traffic roundabout, public art elements, landscape median with permeable paving, rain gardens for storm water storage and filtration. Other design elements include decorative lighting, street trees, decorative pavements and reuse of existing brick unit pavers.

PROJECTS / Urban Design + Planning

Evansville Washington Avenue

Landstory assisted a team of consulting engineers with the design of streetscape improvements for historic Hanie’s Corner Arts District at the juncture of four National Register Historic Districts in Evansville, Indiana. The project was envisioned as a local model combining green infrastructure and neighborhood economic revitalization. Key urban design features include a traffic roundabout, public art elements, landscape medians with permeable paving, rain gardens for storm water storage and filtration. Other design elements include decorative lighting, street trees, decorative pavements and reuse of existing brick unit pavers.

In 2004, downtown Cumberland was slated for demolition as a result of a widening of Old National Road (US 40) to six lanes. The town was successful in pressuring the Indiana Department of Transportation into retaining their downtown and remaining historic structures. Landstory was selected by Cumberland to develop a concept resulting in a reduction and width of travel lanes proposed by INDOT and development of an overall vernacular for their new streetscape. A central median commemorates the placement and alignment of the original Interurban rail line. Site furnishings, lighting and signage and other amenities symbolize the varied modes of transportation responsible for bringing the Town of Cumberland into existence and highlighting its significant role in transportation history.

PROJECTS / Urban Design + Planning

Cumberland Historic National Road Streetscape

In 2004, downtown Cumberland was slated for demolition as a result of a widening of Old National Road (US 40) to six lanes. The town was successful in pressuring the Indiana Department of Transportation into retaining their downtown and remaining historic structures. Landstory was selected by Cumberland to develop a concept resulting in a reduction and width of travel lanes proposed by INDOT and development of an overall vernacular for their new streetscape. A central median commemorates the placement and alignment of the original Interurban rail line. Site furnishings, lighting and signage and other amenities symbolize the varied modes of transportation responsible for bringing the Town of Cumberland into existence and highlighting its significant role in transportation history.

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