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Yosemite Receives Preservation Design Award

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park has been selected by the California Preservation Foundation as the recipient of the 2014 Preservation Design Award in recognition of the publication of A Sense of Place: Design Guidelines for Yosemite National Park.

The Preservation Design Award is specifically intended to recognize excellence in historic preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and sustainability.

A ceremony to present the award to the park will be held on Friday, Sept. 26, in Los Angeles.

A Sense of Place: Design Guidelines for Yosemite National Park was originally published in 2012. The book is an architectural and landscape design-guideline book developed by a team of architects, landscape architects, and national park staff.

Important aspects of the book include sketches and photographs that illustrate key design points in building and landscape architecture, inclusion of natural-setting characteristics, such as views, vegetation, and other natural features, and description of characteristics that constitute the appropriate design and rustic style of park architecture.

Additionally, the guidelines document and interpret existing park buildings in order to provide direction for potential future park architecture.

The award specially recognizes preparers, including both current and former Yosemite National Park employees Gretchen Stromberg, Randy Fong, Bernadette Barthelenghi, Kimball Koch, Daniel Schaible, Erik Skinrud, and Charles Palmer of the National Park Service Pacific West Region, and Christy Fischer and Carla McConnell of the National Park Service Denver Service Center.

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