Prospect Park Olmsted & Vaux’s Brooklyn Masterpiece

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Right in the heart of one of the nation’s most
densely populated urban areas sits an idyllic realm
of graceful meadows, dense woods, placid lakes,
and fresh air. Brooklyn’s 585-acre Prospect Park
offers a rural refuge to thousands of visitors every
day.

Prospect Park Olmsted & Vaux’s Brooklyn Masterpiece

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Right in the heart of one of the nation’s most densely populated urban areas sits an idyllic realm of graceful meadows, dense woods, placid lakes, and fresh air. Brooklyn’s 585-acre Prospect Park offers a rural refuge to thousands of visitors every day. Created nearly 150 years ago by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert B. Vaux, designers of New York’s Central Park, the duo considered Prospect Park their true masterpiece. Prospect Park, the first monograph on this exquisite public space, makes it easy to see why. Presenting a wealth of archival and newly commissioned photography and insightful text, David P. Colley and Elizabeth Keegin Colley trace the park’s colorful history from its creation in the mid-nineteenth century to its decline in the 1970s and restoration in the 1980s, up to the park’s new Lakeside Center facility, scheduled to open in 2013.

• The first monograph on Prospect Park
• Prospect Park is New York City’s biggest and bestkept secret
• Presents Prospect Park as part of Brooklyn’s identity at a time when all things Brooklyn are the rage
• Provides a national example of how diverse groups can work together to restore a historic landscape

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