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Students executed HABS format drawings, producing collectively 130 field notes. These field notes include everything from the overall plans, sections, and elevations to the sculpture and plant material.

In addition to the site drawings, hundreds of digital and print photos were taken. Objects including sculptures, urns, stone tables and basins required extensive use of corrected digital photography to create hard line drawings. Photographer Roland Joynes produced large format images of the villa and gardens from both land and water to HABS standards.

The final drawings include AutoCAD and hand-drawn ink on mylar sheets at a size that approximates the original construction drawings. These photos and drawings formed the baseline documentation for the conditions survey as well as for any future  assessment, and set the standard for all future documentation of the site.
Survey form documenting the condition of a statue of Minerva in the Rose Garden.
Rose Garden Condition Survey Methodology
A detailed conditions survey was executed in three formats. A written and photo-illustrated inventory of individual features, including sculpture and architectural elements, was prepared as a relational database. This was done to allow both a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the many distinct features using numerical ratings to better develop a priority strategy for further treatment recommendations and maintenance.

Lastly, a condition assessment of the Bassano di Sutri fountain was  executed as a graphic recording of specific conditions on rectified photomontages of the stone surfaces. The fountain’s condition survey provides summary diagnosis and baseline information for future monitoring as well as quantification for future treatment estimates.

A student measuring one of the peacock columns in the Marine Garden.
A student measuring one of the peacock columns in the Marine Garden.
Marine Garden Condition Survey Methodology
A mid-range graphic conditions survey of the architectural elements (masonry, wood, and iron) was conducted on the 2003 measured drawings. The condition survey was executed to provide summary diagnoses and baseline information for future monitoring as well as quantification for treatment estimates and recording.

The conditions of the four peacock columns were recorded as annotated observations on rectified photomontages of each column given the unique conditions and repairs of each. Conditions identified for recording were selected according to standard conservation nomenclature and the likelihood of remedial treatment or long-term monitoring. Special attention was given to conditions that appeared active or chronic. Repairs were similarly studied to ascertain whether they were successful in addressing the deterioration or whether they had caused further or new deterioration.
The condition survey was conducted following the establishment of a descriptive conditions glossary. Conditions were recorded both on drawings (for masonry) and on rectified digital photomontages (for sculpture). Due to access problems, the “fish tank” pools were not surveyed.
Below: Page from the condition survey of the Bassano di Sutri Fountain in the Rose Garden.
Condition survey of the Sutri Fountain in the Rose Garden.