Streetscapes in historic districts are often redesigned without recognition of the unique historic features—such as pavement, street trees, and lighting—that defined the street during the period of significance. In many communities, after detailed preservation goals for historic architecture have been established, inappropriate lighting, decorative pavement, and flowering trees are randomly selected to ‘beautify’ the street. This introduction to the history of the American streetscape presents strategies to design attractive streets that are historically appropriate.


  • Introduction to the streetscape
    • History
    • Form
    • Elements
  • Design considerations for streetscapes in historic districts
  • Case studies for streetscape design
  • Strategies for streetscape design

Training Curriculum

75-minute, on-demand eLearning

  • 1

    Welcome Letter

    • NPI Welcome Letter

  • 2


    • Streetscape Design: Strategies for Historic Districts: Introduction

    • Streetscape Design: Strategies for Historic Districts: Part I

    • Streetscape Design: Strategies for Historic Districts: Part II

    • Streetscape Design: Strategies for Historic Districts: Part III

  • 3

    Download Course Slides

    • Streetscape Design: Strategies for Historic Districts (slide deck)

  • 4

    Download Video Transcript

    • Streetscape Design: Strategies for Historic Districts (transcript)

  • 5

    Course Evaluation

    • NPI Evaluation



Paul Daniel Marriott, Ph.D.

Associate professor of landscape architecture, Pennsylvania State University; principal and founder of Paul Daniel Marriott + Associates, a historic and scenic road preservation planning firm specializing in linear corridor studies, regional planning strategies and analysis; author of Saving Historic Roads: Design and Policy Guidelines
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This training is suitable for

  • Local government agency staff, landscape architects, design professionals

  • Architectural/design review boards involved in developing or reviewing capital infrastructure projects.

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