Franklin Park

Franklin Park

by Julie Arrison


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Franklin Park was meant to be the crown jewel of the Emerald Necklace, Boston's famed park system. It was also meant to be the epitome of Frederick Law Olmsted's distinguished career as the father of American landscape architecture. Its 527 acres of open space have been a salvation from urban plight and also the center of urban controversy. Today the community around the park remains strong and depends upon the work of volunteers, advocacy groups, and the City of Boston. The photographs in Franklin Park have been collected from a variety of personal collections and public archives in an effort to illustrate the park's history from its inception in the 1880s through its rebirth in the 1990s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531642754
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/24/2009
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Julie Arrison began working with the Franklin Park Coalition and at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Park as a volunteer before starting her graduate education in Northeastern University's public history program. Her research into the Franklin Park Bear Dens has been published as a Historic American Buildings Survey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 7

1 Planning and Construction 11

2 The Country Park 25

3 The Playstead 43

4 The Ante Park 53

5 Refectory Hill 75

6 Ellicottdale, the Nursery, and Heathfield 87

7 Border Grounds and Parkways 95

8 The Fall and Rise of Franklin Park 107

9 Park Users 119

Selected Bibliography 127

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