Creating Central Park

Creating Central Park

by Morrison H. Heckscher
     
 

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The year 2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the design of Central Park, the first and arguably the most famous of America’s urban landscape parks. In October 1857 the new park’s board of commissioners announced a public design competition, and the following April the imaginative yet practicable “Greensward” plan submitted by Calvert Vaux

Overview

The year 2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the design of Central Park, the first and arguably the most famous of America’s urban landscape parks. In October 1857 the new park’s board of commissioners announced a public design competition, and the following April the imaginative yet practicable “Greensward” plan submitted by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted was selected.

This book tells the fascinating story of how an extraordinary work of public art emerged from the crucible of New York City politics. From William Cullen Bryant’s 1844 editorial calling for “a pleasure ground of shade and recreation” to the completion of construction in 1870, the history of Central Park is an urban epic––a tale not only of animosity, political intrigue, and desire but also of idealism, sacrifice, and genius.

Editorial Reviews

Bloomsbury Review - Y. Phleet

"A detailed narrative of the politics, aesthetics, and planning involved in the park's creation, accompanied by a rich trove of illustrations. . . . [No other book on Central Park] can match the combination of narrative and graphic detail."—Y. Phleet, Bloomsbury Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300136692
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Pages:
76
Sales rank:
824,802
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Morrison H. Heckscher is Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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