Map of the Central Park Showing the Progress of the Work up to January 1st, 1860.

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Title

Map of the Central Park Showing the Progress of the Work up to January 1st, 1860.

Description

In 1853 after extensive study, the New York City Common Council approved a site surrounding the Croton Reservoir for a Manhattan park. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and designer Calvert Vaux were winners of a design competition, and in 1857 work began upon the original 778-acre site (it would grow to 843 acres).

This rare map was disseminated only through park's Board of Commissioners annual report, and to key players in the construction process--in this case, board member Andrew Haswell Green. It shows that almost all early work was concentrated upon the park's southern portion, and the extent to which its "natural" appearance was constructed. Significant rock outcroppings that remained from the Lawrentide Ice Sheet are marked by Olmsted--a fundamental driver of his design. Central Park was officially completed in 1876.

Creator

Olmsted, Frederick Law Olmsted, 1822 - 1903

Publisher

Board of Commissioners of the Central Park

Date

1860

Contributor

Cooper, Ken

Format

jpeg, 466 KB
jpeg, 2 MB

Type

Still image

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Original Format

Map

Physical Dimensions

39 x 9 in.

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