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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.