Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Campus landscape plan--West Campus

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Institution Name: King College
Original/Historic Place Name: Campus landscape plan- West Campus
Location on Campus: 1350 King College Rd.
Date(s) of Construction:
2000-2001landscape plan Lyttle, James Sauls, Con Rhymer, Charles
Designer: James Lyttle; Con Sauls; Charles Rhymer
Type of Place: Campus arrangement
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, engineering, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 2000-present (2006)master plan (landscape)

The King College West Campus Landscape Plan was developed in the spring of 2001 following visits to approximately 40 different colleges and universities and a thorough inventory and evaluation of the campus landscape. Designed by the college's staff, the plan attempts to create a simple, consistent, elegant landscape to provide "an enduring multi-seasonal visual experience consistent with an institution of higher learning" and with the campus's existing architecture. It calls for extensive plantings of trees, shrubs, groundcover, and other flora, with emphasis on native species; in addition, it advocates a conservative development of beds, utilizing smaller plants, trees, and shrubs to minimize labor and maintain quality year-round. It also calls for the re-establishment of a topsoil base and thorough seeding of campus lawns, and provides detailed recommendations for pruning, fertilization, and general plant care. The City of Bristol reviewed the plan and adopted it for the city, one of the highest compliments that can be paid to a job well done.

The photos of the most recent landscaping primarily represent the adopted plan.The photograph with the long row of trees on it is Hart Boulevard. Once these red oaks mature, in about 20 years, the same boulevard will be magnificent to behold.


Landscape Master Plan. Narrative and drawings. King College, Bristol, TN.

Selected items from Collection of Master Plans. 1917, 1931, 1952 and 1968. King College Archives, King College, Bristol, TN.

Thompson & Litton Architects. Master Plan [King College]. Narrative and drawings. [Wise, VA: Thompson & Litton Architects], October 1998 and 1999.


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