Skip to Main Content
Viewing the "Landscape" of the George Washington Memorial ParkwayAuthor(s): Paul J. Kelsch
Source: In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 86-95.
Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
Station: Northern Research Station
PDF: Download Publication (1.0 MB)
DescriptionThis paper investigates views along the George Washington Memorial Parkway between Washington, D.C., and Mount Vernon, Virginia, especially their role in transforming the Potomac River waterfront from land into landscape. It discusses the design of a narrative sequence of views by landscape architect Wilbur Simonson and its importance in the commemoration of George Washington, the ideological purpose of the parkway. It places this emphasis on views within the discourse of landscape painting and cultural geographic interpretation of landscape ideology, showing the complexities of landscape values embedded in landscape paintings and revealing a similar complexity in the design of the original segment of the parkway. It concludes with a discussion of the values of a cultural geographic approach for landscape management.
- Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
- During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
- Please contact Sharon Hobrla, firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationKelsch, Paul J. 2018. Viewing the "Landscape" of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 86-95.
- Visitor meanings of place: using computer content analysis to examine visitor meanings at three national capitol sites
- Preserving the cultural and visual character of the Blue Ridge Parkway's historic designed motor road landscape
- A network approach to assessing social capacity for landscape planning: The case of fire-prone forests in Oregon, USA
XML: View XML