The University of Oregon is fortunate to have such a rich cultural heritage represented by it collection of buildings and landscapes spanning its 125-year history. The University has made great strides in identifying and preserving its historically significant resources. However, until the Plan was completed, its most significant character-defining campus feature - the open-space framework - had not been given the attention it deserved.
The University of Oregon received a Getty Foundation Campus Heritage Grant to develop a campus heritage landscape plan. Complimenting prior studies and a recent campus plan update, the Plan consists of a comprehensive cultural resource survey, planning guidelines for preserving open spaces, and preservation plans for primary open spaces and building sites.
Campus Heritage Landscape Plan
The Campus Heritage Landscape Plan focuses on the university’s open-space framework and ranges from the broad to the specific. It contains overall guidelines that develop a model for cultural landscape preservation, with suggested policies, patterns, and treatment standards. It also contains examples of detailed guidelines applied to specific landscapes,and the testing of these guidelines with proposed new development. Finally, the Plan contains a comprehensive survey of the university’s landscapes and buildings.
Four separate elements of the Campus Heritage Landscape Plan have been published in the following classifications:
• 1.0 Landscape Preservation Guidelines and Description of Historic Resources
• 2.0 Site Specific Preservation Plans and Guidelines
• 3.0 Historic Landscapes
• 4.0 Historic Buildings (1876–1974)
Each document focuses on a specific portion of the Plan, and together they present a comprehensive understanding of the University of Oregon’s historic resources and methods for their protection.
It is essential that we learn from the successes of our historic open spaces and plan for future growth in a way that creates a cohesive campus environment. This Plan is designed to ensure that the University's cultural heritage is not lost as change and development inevitably occur to meet the University's needs. It supports the University's policy to preserve and enhance the historic open-space framework as stated in the Campus Plan.
Total Project Budget: $190,000
Consultants: Fletcher-Farr-Ayotte-Inc., Architecture Planning Interiors; Mayer Reed, Landscape Architecture; Nancy Rottle, ASLA
Project Planners: Christine Thompson and Chris Ramey (541) 346-5562
1914 view looking northwest to Deady and Villard Halls
Interactive Map of Historic Buildings and Landscapes
1.0 Landscape Preservation Guidelines and Description of Historic Resources
2.0 Site Specific Preservation Plans and Guidelines
3.0 Historic Landscapes
4.0 Historic Buildings
An abundance of trees, attractively grouped, pathways and lanes between various buildings, shrubbery of different kinds, and always flowers in their appropriate seasons, enable the Oregon campus to have a distinction peculiar to itself.
-"The Campus Beautiful" in the
1920 Oregana yearbook