Annual Fall ASLA Excursion

Westport, MA: From Manna to Modernism

Westport, MA


The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s annual, exclusive, daylong excursion offers an insider’s tour of bucolic Westport, Massachusetts (settled in 1670), a coastal community dotted with farms, woodlands, and an abundance of quintessentially New England stone fences. The community is a model for conservation and sustainable agriculture, land preservation, Modernist design principles, and great food.

The day begins at the AIA-acclaimed, Maryann Thompson-designed  home of landscape architect Doug Reed and Will Makris, with a Bloody Mary bar and discussion of the Westport Land Conservation Trust’s work. Next, a visit to Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery, a vineyard that promotes local agriculture and has earned over 20 gold medals. Then, The Back Eddy, a dockside restaurant created by James Beard Award winning chef Chris Schlesinger for a “thinking coastal & eating local” luncheon. Chef Aaron Derego’s food is at the intersection of farming, fishing and traditional New England culture.

The day concludes with the opening reception of the exhibition, Landslide 2013: The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley at the Boston Architectural College. (Registration is also open for reception, without the excursion.)

Transportation will be provided all day. Departure in the morning will be from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The drop-off point will be at Boston Architectural College in the late afternoon.

Cost of ticket: $750. Space is limited and proceeds support TCLF’s educational initiatives.