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Bowdoin Featured in Designing the Maine Landscape, Presentation and Book Signing August 19

Story posted August 14, 2009

Bowdoin College and its historic campus are the focus of a chapter within Designing The Maine Landscape (Alliance and Down East Books, 2009), co-written by Theresa Mattor and Lucie Teegarden.

The co-authors will offer an illustrated presentation on the topic of Maine's rich heritage of designed landscapes, at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library.

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Copies of their book will be available for purchase and signing by the authors. The talk is free and open to the public.

Designing the Maine Landscape was drawn from a 10-year survey of Maine's historic designed landscapes conducted by the Maine Olmsted Alliance for Parks and Landscapes and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

The book celebrates the history and legacy of Maine's historic landscapes and showcases familiar parks open to the public, private estates, golf courses, designed neighborhoods, rural cemeteries, and school and college campuses.

"Bowdoin College: A Dedication to the Common Good"

Having worked at Bowdoin for nearly a quarter-century, Teegarden, director of publications emerita, is intimately familiar with the College's environs and its history.

In the chapter, "Bowdoin College: A Dedication to the Common Good," she notes the origins of the College and the evolution of the campus around the Quad.

The many works of renowned architectural firm McKim, Mead and White are mentioned, as are the legendary Bowdoin Pines, "a thirty-three-acre stand of cathedral white pines believed to be one of Maine's few remaining old-growth forests. . . ."

Designing the Maine Landscape also acknowledges the College's sustainable design guidelines, noting that several recent projects have earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, using building techniques such as geothermal wells and conserving energy, water and other natural resources.

"The book appeals to readers familiar with Maine history and properties, but we believe its significance extends beyond that audience," says Teegarden. "The book was based on the first state-wide survey of historic landscapes in the United States, and we are told that it is the first to cover both the history and current status of a wide variety of properties designed either by nationally known landscape architects or by talented amateurs and professionals in other fields.

"In some cases, their work in Maine was in the forefront of design in certain fields. To cite a few examples, Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. made his 1867 plan for the University of Maine campus early in his career, while he was designing what became the Berkeley campus of the University of California. Maine's Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor was the second 'garden cemetery' in the United States. The Poland Spring golf course was the first in the country at a major resort. Early subdivisions, new industrial towns and government-established housing for World War I shipyard workers are also among the 40-plus historic landscapes discussed in the book."

Other featured landscapes are the Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor; Capitol Park, the Blaine House, and Blaine Memorial Park in Augusta; Camden's Village Green, Amphitheatre, and Harbor Park; the Portland park system; Hamilton House in South Berwick; and the campuses of the University of Maine at Orono, Berwick Academy, and Bates and Colby colleges.

Teegarden says the book strives to focus on properties that are open to the public, but also provides a look at a few private residences, such as Martha Stewart's Skylands property in Seal Harbor.

About the Authors

Teegarden is a writer and editor who has spent more than 35 years producing college, university, and museum publications and books. She holds a B.A. in languages from the College of New Rochelle and an M.A. in French from Yale University.

She enjoys editing French and English as a Second Language (ESL) materials as well as books on art, history, gardening and other subjects. Before moving to Brunswick in 1983, she lived in Kenitra, Morocco, and in the suburbs of Boston, New Haven and New York City.

Mattor studied printmaking at Syracuse University, and received a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon. In 1988, she moved to Maine, where she became a registered landscape architect. Based in Portland, she has focused on both historic and contemporary properties, designing parks, subdivisions, and private residential landscapes (which she also installed); preparing comprehensive town plans and master plans for historic landscapes; and researching and writing, and lecturing about contemporary landscape design, native plants, and historic landscapes. She lives in Hollis, Maine.

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