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2019 HALS Challenge Announced

01/31/2019 9:46 PM | Jennifer Hare (Administrator)

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Challenge, a competition conducted each year by the National Park Service to encourage documentation of historic landscapes according to a specific theme.

This year’s contest focused on landscape related to World War I Memorials. Winners included our chapter’s own Laura Knott, recipient of 3rd Place for her entry related to Monument Terrace in Lynchburg. Other winning entries were:

  • Golden Gate Park, Heroes’ Grove and Gold Star Mothers’ Memorial Boulder, San Francisco, California (1st Place), Cate Bainton
  • American Academy in Rome, Thrasher-Ward Memorial, Rome, Italy (2nd Place), James O’Day
  • Liberty Row, Passing through Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, and Shaker Heights, Ohio (Honorable Mention), P. Jeffrey Knopp

HALS was created in 2000 to document our country's heritage places. HALS joined HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey) and HAER (Historic American Engineering Record) as federally-administered programs designed to record important works of architecture and engineering, and places of importance in American history. The records and collections associated with these programs are publicly accessible, and housed at the Library of Congress. The HALS Challenge was conceived as a way to encourage landscape documentation; because the HABS program was established in 1935, and HAER in 1969, the HALS program is not as well represented in the Library of Congress as the other two programs. The HALS Challenge is administered jointly by the National Park Service and ASLA. Each Chapter of ASLA is invited to name a representative to a national group focused on promoting HALS.

The 2019 HALS Challenge theme is Historic Streetscapes. Entries are due no later than July 31, 2019. If you plan to enter, please contact Liz Sargent at LizSargentHLA@gmail.com to confirm your site selection and avoid duplication of entries.

Appropriate landscapes are significant at the national, state, or local level. They can vary in size from small gardens to several thousand-acre national parks. In character, they range from designed to vernacular, from rural to urban, and from agricultural to industrial landscapes. Estate gardens, cemeteries, farms, theme parks, nuclear test sites, suburbs, and abandoned settlements all may be considered historic landscapes. 

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The Virginia Chapter ASLA encourages you to participate in this year’s HALS Challenge and join other winners from our chapter in Virginia:

2017 (Theme: Town and City Parks)

  • Lee Park, Charlottesville (1st Place), Liz Sargent and Jen Trompetter

2016 (Theme: Documenting National Register Listed Landscapes)

  • Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Commemorative Groves, Mount Vernon (2nd Place), Paul Kelsch, Ph.D.
  • Brook Road Plaza, Richmond (Honorable Mention), Liz Sargent

2010 (Theme: Theme Parks)

  • Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo Maryland (1st Place), Virginia Tech Team led by Professor Paul Kelsch


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