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    The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System

    ISBN-10: 1625340060
    ISBN-13: 9781625340061
    Author(s): Francis R. Kowsky, Andy Olenick
    Description: Beginning in 1868, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux created a series of parks and parkways for Buffalo, New York, that drew national and international attention. The improvements carefully augmented the city's original plan with urban design  More...
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    Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Pr
    Binding: Cloth Text 
    Pages: 304
    Size: 8.50" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 2.288
    Language: English

    Beginning in 1868, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux created a series of parks and parkways for Buffalo, New York, that drew national and international attention. The improvements carefully augmented the city's original plan with urban design features inspired by Second Empire Paris, including the first system of "parkways" to grace an American city. Displaying the plan at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Olmsted declared Buffalo "the best planned city, as to streets, public places, and grounds, in the United States, if not in the world." Olmsted and Vaux dissolved their historic partnership in 1872, but Olmsted continued his association with the Queen City of the Lakes, designing additional parks and laying out important sites within the growing metropolis. When Niagara Falls was threatened by industrial development, he led a campaign to protect the site and in 1885 succeeded in persuading New York to create the Niagara Reservation, the present Niagara Falls State Park. Two years later, Olmsted and Vaux teamed up again, this time to create a plan for the area around the Falls, a project the two grand masters regarded as "the most difficult problem in landscape architecture to do justice to." In this book Francis R. Kowsky illuminates this remarkable constellation of projects. Utilizing original plans, drawings, photographs, and copious numbers of reports and letters, he brings new perspective to this vast undertaking, analyzing it as a cohesive expression of the visionary landscape and planning principles that Olmsted and Vaux pioneered.

    Preface
    Introduction: Olmsted and Vaux and the Progress of the American Park Movement
    The Creation of the Park System
    The Making of the Park
    The Front and Prospect Place
    The Parade
    Parkways, Circles, and Squares
    Parkside, Buffalo State Hospital, and Smaller Parks
    The Emancipation of Niagara
    South Park, Cazenovia Park, and Riverside Park
    Epilogue
    Notes
    Acknowledgments
    Index

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