Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts (1995-1997)
Part of:
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)
  • Rolland/Towers (landscape architectural firm)
  • Shavaun Towers (landscape architect)

Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts (1995-1997)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 0.43 l.m. of textual records
    450 photographic materials
    60 drawings (including 46 reprographic copies)
    5 postcards
Scope and content:
Project series documents Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's project for landscape master plan of Smith College campus, Northampton, Massachusetts. Oberlander worked on this project from 1995-1997 in collaboration with Shavaun Towers from landscape architectural firm Rolland/Towers. The project required to preserve the historic landscaping, initially design by Frederick Law Olsmsted, while also taking into account future growth of the campus. In this idea Oberlander and Towers bases their landscape master plan on six key concepts: to preserve the sacred spaces of the campus, to restore Olmsted vision, to develope open spaces in an hierarchical fashion, to limite vehicular traffic and separate it from pedestrian circulation, to provide stronger pedestrian connexions and commun spaces for social interactions, and to expande and enhance the Botanic Garden on the campus.

The project series contains concept notes by Oberlander, research and reference material, proposal, meetings notes, contract, correspondence, mostly with landscape architects, clients and consultants, and financial documents. The project is also documented through landscape master plans for Oberlander and Towers proposal and campus landscape plans and previous landscape working drawings used as reference.TThe project series also contains photographic materials, such as slides and photographs, of the college landscaping, and postcards of Smith College.
Reference number:



Northampton Massachusetts United States


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