Robert Baas

Robert Baas

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

Phone:765-285-1984

Fax:765-285-1983

Room:AB 226


Robert Baas is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at Ball State University. He teaches courses on Historic Landscape Preservation, Environmental Systems and Regional Landscape Design with an added emphasis on Geographical Information Survey (GIS).  Baas holds a MS from the University of Wisconsin, and a BLA from Ball State University. 

Baas’ current work focuses on historic hay press barns and their documentation.  He has been published for multiple projects including “Concrete in the Steel City” and “The Optimist: Baseball Themes in Bert Grimswold’s Fort Wayne Editorial Cartoons” in the Journal of Baseball History and Culture.  Robert has been awarded an Outstanding Preservation Award from Indiana Landmarks for the Furnas Mill Iron Bridge and another Outstanding Preservation Award from Indiana Landmarks for the Cataract Covered Bridge.  Baas has also aided Ball State University Students in creating Historic American Landscape Survey drawings for the annual design competition.

Education:

MS University of Wisconsin, 1996
BLA Ball State University, 1988

Major Emphases:

Environmental and Natural Systems
Regional Planning
Park and Open Space Design
GIS
Historic Landscape Preservation

Exhibits:

Baas, Christopher and Virginia Ball Scholars. “Prairie Club + Redefined,” Westchester Township Library, Chesterton, Indiana (October 2014).

Baas, Christopher and Malcolm Cairns. “A Century of the City Beautiful: George E. Kessler’s 1912 Park and Boulevard Plan for Fort Wayne, Indiana.” (2013 – 2014)

Publications and Activities:

Baas, Christopher. “Using General Land Office Survey Notes to Define Reference Ecosystems for Ball State University’s Ginn Woods, Delaware County, Indiana.” Proceeding of the Indiana Academy of Science (Accepted).

Baas, Christopher, Darrin L. Rubino, and Pan Jiang. “Using Tree-ring Growth Patterns to Identify Construction Dates of Two Nineteenth Century Timber Structures in Craig Township, Switzerland County, Indiana”, Indiana Archaeology, vol. 12(2), 2017, p. 12-41.

Baas, Christopher. “Introduction” to the reprint of The Harvester (1911), by Gene Stratton-Porter, Hastings College Press 2016, vii-xix.

Baas, Christopher and Ronald V. Morris. “The Hay Press: Energy, Transportation, and Economics,” Southern Social Studies Journal, 41:1(2015), 13-22.

Baas, Christopher. “Gene Stratton-Porter’s Million Dollar View: The Role of Literature in Restoring a Garden That Should Never Have Been Built,” Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes: An International Quarterly 35(3):235-245, 2015.

Baas, Christopher and Angela Gibson. “86° 10’ 54” O, 39° 46’ 1” N: Utilizando Sistemas de Informacao Geographica Para Documentar Paisagens Esportivas Historicas,” Recorde: Revista de História do Esporte (Brazil) 8(1): 1-16, Jan/Jun 2015.

Rubino, Darrin and Christopher Baas. “Using Tree-ring Growth Patterns to Date the Construction of a Nineteenth Century Dogtrot House in Posey County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science Vol.123 No. 1 2014. Baas, Christopher and Darrin Rubino. “Pressing Hay in the Commonwealth: Using Tree-ring Growth Patterns to Date the Construction of Two Kentucky Beater Hay Press Barns, Journal of Kentucky Archaeology 3(1-2):2-31, Spring 2014.

Baas, Christopher and Geri Strecker. “Documenting Black Baseball Landscapes through the Historic American Landscape Survey.” Black Ball: A Journal of the Negro Leagues, Vol. 6, No. 1 (2013) 19-36.

Baas, Christopher and Darrin Rubino. “The Most Successful Press in This or Any Other Country: The Material Culture of 19th-Century Beater Hay Presses in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” Material Culture, The Journal of the Pioneer America Society: Association for the Preservation of Artifacts and Landscapes, 45:1, Spring 2013.
Baas, Christopher and Darrin L. Rubino. “Using Tree-ring Growth Patterns to Identify the Date of Construction of Community House No. 2, New Harmony, Indiana.” Indiana Archaeology, Vol. 8, No. 1 (2013).

“Concrete in the Steel City.” VAF Paper Presentation. Washington DC

“The Optimist: Baseball Themes in Bert Grimswold’s Fort Wayne Editorial Cartoons” Journal of Basebal History and Culture. University of Nebraska Press. 2008

Presentations

Baas, Christopher, Darrin Rubino, and Jonathan Spodek. “Teaching Dendrochronology to Preservation Students: Linking Historic Sources to Scientific Inquiry,” Indiana Academy of Science Annual Meeting (March 2018).

Rubino, Darrin and Christopher Baas. The Fort in the Doctor’s House: Using Tree-Ring Growth Patterns to Discover Historic Fort Wayne,” Indiana Academy of Science Annual Meeting (March 2018).

Baas, Christopher, Darrin Rubino. “Dendrochronological (Tree-ring) Analysis of a Farmstead Landscape in Jefferson County, Indiana,” 36th Annual Symposium on Ohio Valley Urban and Historic Archaeology (March 2018).

Baas, Christopher. “Jens Jensen: Maker of Midwestern Landscapes,” Svea Lodge #253, Vasa Order of America (February 2018).

Baas, Christopher and John Taylor. “Two Snapshots in Time: GIS Applications for the Study and Management of an Indiana Old-growth Forest,” The Stewardship Network: The Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems, East Lansing, MI (January 2018).

Baas, Christopher. “The Mormon Beater Hay Press Barn: Defining a Mid-Ohio Valley Barn Type,” Indiana Barnstorm: Indiana Barn Foundation Annual Meeting (July 2017).
Davis, Taylor, Darrin L. Rubino, and Christopher Baas. “Using tree-ring growth patterns to date the construction of the Reverend Frederick and Sophia Wyneken House in Adams County, Indiana. Indiana Academy of Science Annual Meeting (March 2017).

Baas, Christopher. “The Prairie Club + Redefined Film Shorts.” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Kansas State (March 2015).
Beasley, Lindsay N., R. Chris Baas, Darrin L. Rubino. Using Tree Rings to Date a Hay Press Barn in Braytown, Switzerland County, Indiana. Indiana Academy of Science Annual Meeting (March 2015).

Rubino, Darrin and Christopher Baas. “Tree-ring Analysis of Four Harmonist Buildings in New Harmony, Indiana.” Indiana Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana (March 2014).
Christopher Baas. “The Importance and Methods of Preserving Historic Landscapes.” Indiana Green Expo, Indianapolis, Indiana (January 2014).

Awards:

Outstanding Preservation Award from Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana for Furnas Mill Iron Bridge. 2007.

Outstanding Preservation Award from Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana for Cataract Covered Bridge. 2007.


Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Regional Landscape D 401 1 1300 - 1650 M W F AB, room 219
Special Projects 498 1 1000 - 1050 M W F AB, room 225
Special Projects 598 1 1000 - 1050 M W F AB, room 225