Central Park History

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Creating Central Park

Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux developed “Greensward Plan”, which was selected as the winnning landscape design at contest in 1857.
The First landscape park in the United States

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The open fields of the English countryside inspired the Greensward Plan, a concept of a naturalistic land, or better an untouched land in part, as prairies with sheep pasturing on them. Greenswards refers to an open green space or meadow.

“The Greensward Plan was natural-looking, rather than the French style being manicure, aligned, and symmetric.” (1)

The Greensward Plan -1858

Discovering NYC on X: "On April 28th, 1858, Vaux & Olmsted's Greensward Plan for Central Park was selected. The park originally went up to 106th Street photo: @x.com-discovering_NYC

The Architects

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822 – 1903)

was an American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator. He is considered to be the father of landscape architecture in the United States.

Calvert Vaux (1824-1895)

Calvert Vaux FAIA was an English-American architect and landscape designer, best known as the co-designer, and partner of Frederick Law Olmsted.

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Sources & Ref:
(1)-Greensward Plan charateer as pastoral aesthetic -www.thecollector.com/the-creation-of-central-park/
- A celebration of the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted – Biography Page at wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Law_Olmsted
- Commissioner Robert Moses, aka the “master builder” -ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/tag/robert-moses-central-park
- New York City Parks Commissioners : NYC Parks". www.nycgovparks.org. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
- Works by Frederick Law Olmsted at proyectgutenberg

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