Landscape + Patronage: The Role of Great Patrons and Landscape Architecture
Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, Founder + President, The Cultural Landscape Foundation
One of the keys to a great project is a great client, and landscape architects are often quick to acknowledge their importance. Patronage is much rarer. Patrons engage a professional/artist to explore their own interests, which often coincide with the interests of the patron.
This presentation explores the difference between clients and patrons and bridges design and historic preservation disciplines—from scholars who do not step out of the building envelope to the landscape architect who views history as restrictive. Examples discussed include Bok Tower Sanctuary, Vizcaya, Biltmore, and Columbus, IN. The built works of Olmsted, Jensen and Kiley are also reviewed. The motivation and inspiration of these built works will also be considered in the context of present-day donor-driven naming opportunities, and how we, upon evaluation of this legacy, assign significance.