Volunteer Park is a historic landmark landscape, specifically designed by the Olmsted brothers in 1910 as a naturalistic place where city dwellers could go to avoid intrusive buildings and receive the psychological benefits of being in nature.
Early Images of Volunteer Park
Volunteer Park is significant both individually and as the centerpiece of one of the best-designed and most fully implemented comprehensive park systems the Olmsted landscape architecture firm created over its century of practice. Volunteer Park’s double landmark status documents that significance.
John C. Olmsted warned about the idea that landscape parks are “merely vacant land waiting decoration by public buildings”. This “mistaken idea,” as Olmsted called it. continues to be a challenge for parkland everywhere.
To Olmsted, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. Olmsted’s efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics. With gorgeous cinematography, and compelling commentary this film presents the biography of a man whose parks and preservation are an essential part of American life.
Prior to the construction of the museum, the site contained a timber-framed pavilion. The Olmsted Brothers objected to its replacement by the new institutional building as an inharmonious interjection into the park, and violation of the completed park design. So strong was their position that they severed their longstanding work relationship with the museum designer, Carl Gould, of Bebb & Gould Architects. As a result, the spare landscape design for the museum was undertaken by local landscape architect Nobel F. Hoggson Jr. or Hoggson & Associates. -Taken from the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Watch the full-length program at http://video.pbs.org/video/2365197253…
Review the biography of the man who made public parks an essential part of American life.
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This is an interesting video commemorating 30 years of the Central Park Conservancy. It is inspiring to see what a dedicated group can do.