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Landscape Horticulture Students Develop Landscape Plan for Historic Jonathan Clark House Museum in Mequon

August 2013

Students in MATC’s landscape horticulture associate degree program had the opportunity to take a step back in time while developing a landscape plan for the Jonathan Clark House Museum.

The museum, located at the corner of Bonniwell and Cedarburg roads in Mequon, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure was built in 1848 and served as a community gathering place and private home for Jonathan Clark, an early Mequon settler, and his family. Clark was a farmer and businessman who had the distinction of serving as the town’s first road supervisor. Clark also played a key role in developing the first public school in the area. 

MATC landscape horticulture instructor Carol Bangs worked closely with Nina Jo Look, director of the museum and former MATC administrator, on the project. Students were tasked with developing a landscape plan that showcased what the museum grounds would have looked like in the mid-1800s. Aspects of the plan included historic landscape assessment and design, woodland stewardship assessment and site assessment. 


Landscape horticulture instructor Carol Bangs (left) reviews plans for the Jonathan Clark Museum House with students.

“We incorporate a community-based project in our Design 3 class every year,” said Bangs. “Students gain the experience of working with a client to create a design and integrate feedback into the project. The students were excited about the prospect of working on a historical design and they did a top-notch job.”

“This group of exceptional MATC students undertook a unique historical project,” said Look. “The plan they created will guide us in the important development of the Clark property grounds.” 

The Friends of Jonathan Clark House organization purchased the property with the intent of restoring it for the benefit of community members. The museum is open year round for private tours and events. 

Photos of the MATC students's work and the Jonathan Clark House are available at this link.

More information about the Jonathan Clark House is available at

Learn more about MATC’s landscape horticulture program at this link.