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Court square : movement, memory, method, meaning

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Heather Marie Wagner (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Patrick Lee Lucas

Abstract: "The court square as a city form is repeated throughout the Ohio Valley, yet, the circumstances surrounding its initial construction are less important than its continued existence. This thesis serves to illustrate that existence through identification and description of four Indiana court squares from 1800 to 2000. Evolutions in transportation have changed the ways in which the court square is approached and experienced; thus, the transportation history of the state is used a context for change. However, physical evidence is dependant on personal experience and collective memory for meaning. Changes to the structure, landscape, streetscape, and monuments of each square were documented through photo analysis and evaluated for their symbolic value. This thesis provides justification for a method for describing urban environments, one that considers symbolic value in the interpretation of physical space. "--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

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Thesis
Language: English
Date: 2005
Keywords
court square, city, form, Ohio Valley, Indiana
Subjects
Courthouses--Indiana
Transportation--Indiana
Plazas--Indiana
Cities and towns--Indiana--History