Thomas Kane at Reflection Riding

Tom Kane, landscape architect, says of his plan,
“One of my first considerations was to retain the natural beauty of this setting.”

Thomas Kane was thought to be one of the most important landscape architects of his generation. It was extremely fortunate that Reflection Riding had such a designer who understood the uniqueness of John Chambliss’ design philosophy. Tom did not devote himself to just any project. Some of the highlights of his career were: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill cottage (Hyde Park, New York), Princeton University, Burnside Plantation, historic district of New Harmony, Lynhurst ( Hudson River Valley), Bellegrove Plantation (National Landmark), and historic Oatlands in Va. Kane was one of the original founders of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation and served as president from 1978 to 1983. He was the expert landscape consultant to the National park service and helped write the guidelines for evaluating the significance of historic landscapes. Kane was also a noted lecturer in landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, the University of Massachusetts and Rutgers University.