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Prospect Park in Brooklyn
08/09/2020 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM ET

Admission

  • $20.00

Location

Virtual Tour

Summary

Olmsted and Vaux were NOT classical designers. They were consummate Romantics and Vaux was a Gothic Revivalist. They strenuously opposed Richard Morris Hunt's proposal for a grand Beaux-Arts entrance to Central Park. Yet, in the 1890s, the City (soon to be Borough) of Brooklyn undertook a series of classical entrances--by McKim, Mead & White--around the whole periphery of Olmsted & Vaux's masterpiece, Prospect Park. What's more, a number of classical structures--Stanford White's peristyle, Helmle & Huberty's Boathouse, etc.--were inserted into the park. This tour looks at these things, and explores the whys and wherefores.
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