Architecture and the landscape it inhabits will forever be intertwined. While new construction often rises in a barren landscape, historic structures generally have become more integrated with their natural surroundings. Trees are especially crucial to this integration; they have a special relationship with the structures they grace and shade. The former church building in the photos below had a beautiful relationship with the trees that surrounded it, some for at least 80 years. Younger tress had been planted to fill voids left by older trees which had died.
Recently, all the trees, young and old, were removed from the lot and parkway surrounding the building which is now a private home. The loss has resulted in stark change of character which would take decades to attempt to re-create.