During an historic restoration and renovation of a private residence in the Village of Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin, our thorough site analysis uncovered extensive landscape components from the original 1930-1936 design by renowned landscape architect Franz Aust. Aust was a prominent landscape architect in the Madison area from 1930-1957, Head of the Landscape Architecture Department at the UW Madison, and was closely associated with Frank Lloyd Wright, Jens Jensen, and Arthur Caldwell.

In discovering the pieces of this landscape—remnant stone walls, a pond, and various plantings – we took steps to reclaim and reuse the on-site stone, unearth the pond, and carefully reconstruct the viable stone components after locating suitable materials in an abandoned quarry. The original design’s strong axis lines and organic forms are preserved to reflect the historic point in time when the landscape was created.

ZDA, with the client, literally unearthed an historic design, documented it and brought the history forth into the present to meet modern needs. To meet these needs a new patio and outdoor dining room and connection to swimming pool were designed to compliment the restored landscape.


Historic Landscape Analysis
Historic Restoration
Historic Preservation
Landscape Design
Garden Design
Contractor Selection
Construction Coordination