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12 Stunning American Landscapes That Could Disappear Forever


Fern Dell, Griffith Park

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has unveiled a new list of the 12 most at-risk estates, plazas, parks, and other civic amenities across the country.

Most of these sites face a lack of maintenance that could cause them to be partially—if not wholly—eradicated, despite their national significance.

TCLF is co-sponsoring project Landslide 2012 to help bring attention to and preserve these significant American landmarks.

From a Japanese garden in California to Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., these are some of the national public spaces that could be lost for good.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Burlington, VT: Construction of a proposed bus terminal would mar the grid of 123 uniformly spaced locust trees that screens the cathedral from the city.

Source: The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Fern Dell, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA: Regularly scheduled maintenance of this 20-acre landscape and public fern garden ended in the 1970s, resulting in its steady deterioration.

Source: The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Garland Farm, Mount Desert, ME: Though a partial restoration was undertaken between 2007 and 2011 of the property to honor the late architect Beatrix Farrand, financial difficulties threaten the completion of the project.

Source: The Cultural Landscape Foundation

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