Indianapolis, IN / 2016

Newfields Master Plan

Long-range planning for economic activation & landscape heritage

This master plan for the campus of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, now known as Newfields, addresses a constellation of assets across 296 acres, including the historic Olmsted Brothers’ design of Oldfields on the main campus, 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, the iconic Miller House by Saarinen, the Westerley House, and multiple properties on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. The master plan explores the strategic direction of all assets, and finds ways that the institution can better integrate art and nature, interior and exterior. The plan imagines a 30-year future, and makes suggestions for revenue-positive interventions to help improve attendance and increase economic sustainability of all properties. The plan defines new landscapes for Newfields’ main campus, including a woodland art walk, a children’s garden, new event spaces, and the re-imagination of the former Interurban rail line as a linear garden. Historic landscapes are addressed to meet new uses and maintenance demands, such as redefinition of the historic allée and border gardens, integrated uses of the productive landscapes and greenhouse, and new maintenance facilities at the site’s periphery. At 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, existing outdoor works are embraced with revivified landscapes, with a meadow opening up “rooms” for viewing and a clearing providing views to the lake for performances. Laura Stedenfeld worked as Landscape Architect & Project Manager on this project while at Land Collective. Images are courtesy of Land Collective and Newfields.


Size: Size: 152-acre main campus; 26-acre Oldfields; 100-acre Art & Nature Park (of which 36 acres is Lake); 5-acre Westerley House; 13.5-acre Miller House
Cost: Not applicable