Upon visiting the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, one of the most memorable landscape features is of the centuries old Live Oaks that grace the campus.
As a gift to the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, Co’design developed a Cultural Landscape Report analyzing the landscape’s history and its cultural significance. The report provides long-term strategies for preserving and maintaining landscape spaces that are central to Campus life. The Campus’s history is one of transformation. Once the distinguished estate of the Charles Rather family, the site was later transformed into a Seminary Campus in the 1960’s.
Findings from research revealed the profound influence that the indigenous landscape had on the overall design of the historic home and campus facilities. For over 100 years, it has been a remarkable story of tree preservation and respect for the unique character of the existing landscape.