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Prospect Park Olmsted & Vaux’s Brooklyn Masterpiece

Prospect Park Olmsted & Vaux’s Brooklyn Masterpiece

Princeton Architectural Press

By David P. Colley Photographs by Elizabeth Keegin Colley


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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

• 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

More Details

Size: 8.5 x 11 in;
Pages: 208 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: July 2013
ISBN: 9781616891183
ISBN10: 1616891181
David P. Colley is the author of seven books, including Blood For Dignity (named to the New York Times summer reading list and its New & Noteworthy column) and The Road To Victory, which received the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award. Colley has appeared on various History Channel programs. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, American Heritage, Popular Mechanics, Historic Preservation, and many other publications. A former journalist, Colley is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in news reporting.

Elizabeth Keegin Colley is a photographer specializing in work for non profit organizations including universities, park systems and libraries. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Newsweek, Business Week and many other publications, and has taken her to Europe, South America and Africa.

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