Creating Central Park

ISBN-10: 0300136692
ISBN-13: 9780300136692
Edition: 2008
List price: $19.95
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 3/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 76
Size: 8.25" wide x 11.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

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.

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