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ITHACA, N.Y. –– Friends of Stewart Park (FSP) invites the public to a special benefit presentation, proceeds of which will support the restoration of the historic bluestone Fuertes Overlook.

Cornell Landscape Architecture Professor Kathryn Gleason presents her archaeological research on Rome’s Public Parks with a multimedia presentation Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinemapolis. This fascinating dive into history kicks-off 2020’s Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium (INLS), is open to all and will appeal to anyone with an interest in gardens and public parks, architecture and urban planning, and history.

Professor Gleason is a leading expert on the archaeology of ancient Roman landscape architecture. She has directed or consulted on numerous palace excavations and is currently co-directing the Cornell /Reading excavations of a large urban garden at the Casa della Regina Carolina at Pompeii.  To learn more about the presentation and presenter, please visit

Proceeds from this presentation will support FSP’s and the City of Ithaca Phase II restoration of the Fuertes Overlook in Stewart Park. This lovely stone structure, dating back to 1934, was a gift to the City from the Cayuga Bird Club in honor of Louis Agassiz Fuertes.  During the 2018 restoration, interior walls were repaired and grouted, the flagstone reset, and new railings were installed. Phase II will repair recently discovered structural issues with the exterior wall.

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This benefit opens the 11th annual Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium ( held this year on March 13 and 14 at Cinemapolis.

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