Cultural Resource Management of Concrete Sculptures and Landscape Features Case Study: Dionicio Rodriguez
The manmade structures and objects that occupy cultural landscapes are less likely than buildings to be protected by ordinances or programs. This means that site features and furniture can easily be overlooked in historic site management. These features are commonly integral to the overall design of the landscape, thus their preservation is essential for the overall preservation of the site. This thesis seeks to move past the basic identification, characterization, and documentation of these features by exploring common preservation practices and determining if these features may be better preserved by specialized preservation methods. Dionicio Rodriguez created hundreds of character defining landscape feature across the United States between 1924 and 1955. A review of his works in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas will provide the basis of this study which will conclude with preservation methods for stewardship of concrete sculptures and landscape features.