Central Park, An American Masterpiece: A Comprehensive History Of The Nation's First Urban Park

Central Park, An American Masterpiece: A Comprehensive History Of The Nation's First Urban Park

Central Park, An American Masterpiece: A Comprehensive History of the Nation's First Urban Park

Marking Central Park's 150th anniversary, this is a history of America's first public park and a paragon of 19th-century landscape design. Sara Cedar Miller, the official historian and photographer for the Central Park Conservancy, draws on extensive research to tell the story of the park's creation, placing it in the context of 19th-century American art and social history, and illuminating the roles of its designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and their associate Jacob Wrey Mould. Period views and originals plans and drawings are complemented by Miller's photographs, which show the restored park's glory.

From Publishers Weekly
Miller is the park's official historian and photographer, and her authority shows, revealing some new facets to this most overexposed of urban spaces. Original plans and drawings (many published for the first time) sit alongside modern-day photographs among the more than 200 color illustrations, creating a sense of the history that underlies this man-made urban landscape. Frederick Law Olmsted, one of the park's designers (the other was Calvert Vaux), saw his plan as a balm to soothe the roiling city's ills. Miller finds him remarking...

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