The Foundation is working in partnership with the City of Saratoga Springs to restore the locally and nationally significant Memorial. In the spring of 2013 the City of Saratoga Springs hired two expert preservation consultants to assess the condition of the masonry architectural setting and the surrounding landscape Martha Lyon, landscape architect, and Dan Wilson, architect, completed historic research, assessed the current condition, and made treatment recommendations. Please explore their reports below, and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Martha H. Lyon, ASLA is managing principal of Martha Lyon Landscape Architecture, LLC, in Northampton, Massachusetts. Certified as a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), the firm specializes in design, preservation and planning of historic and cultural landscapes. Significant projects include restoration of the Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst, MA); the Winthrop Street Cemetery, Lopes Square, Town Green, and Provincetown Public Library (Provincetown, MA); and the historic Saratoga Race Course (Saratoga Springs, NY). Currently she is directing restoration efforts at Fort Allen Park (Portland, ME). A licensed practitioner, Martha holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture and serves as an adjunct professor at the same institution.
Dan Wilson has worked as an Architect for 20 years with 15 years dedicated specifically to projects involving renovation, preservation and additions to existing and historic buildings. His experience includes acting as the Project Manager for the some of the nation’s most significant historic landmarks as well as many other projects including institutional and educational buildings. Of note, he was involved with the New York State Assembly Chamber Restoration at the NYS Capitol Building, Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore Maryland, The African Meeting House in Boston MA and the Rensselaer County Court Facilities in Troy, NY
On October 7, 2011, thirty trees around the Spirit of Life and Spencer Trask Memorial were inspected by William Van Gorp and Leonard Cronion of Finch Forest Management. The inspection evaluated the danger presented by each individual tree. Recommendations were made regarding which trees should be removed. The full report can be viewed via the above link, and the resulting plan is available here: Spirit of Life Tree Removal Plan – Martha Lyons