Collge of Design, Construction & Planning

Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Phyllis Henderson, DCP Doctoral Student

The Origins of the Belvedere: Living in the Distant View of Landscape

Literally meaning “beautiful view,” the belvedere commands the unique position of a building type precisely conceived for the enjoyment of a view or intellectual connection to the landscape. This research traces the historical origins and development of the belvedere beginning with ancient Roman houses, examining pivotal belvederes of the Renaissance villas, and revealing the rooting of the belvedere in 19th-century settlements in the United States. Implementing hermeneutic interpretation and case-study analysis, this research provides an historical reference for rebuilding the intrinsic link between sustainable land development and meaningful human dwellings that challenges the lack of understanding of landscape in today’s architectural creations.

About the presenter

Phyllis Henderson holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s of Fine Art with an emphasis in Interior Design and a minor in Industrial Technology. Phyllis has several years of field experience in architecture, is a LEED Accredited Professional and an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects. Phyllis is a recipient of the American Association of University Women Selected Professions Fellowship 2002-2003, a $12,000 award based on her research in adaptive reuse and restoration of brownfields in central Europe. Her current research focuses on the relationship between the built environment and the landscape as it relates to the belvedere, which Andre Corboz calls “the place where one goes to verify that the landscape really looks like a postcard.”