Suggestion for the improvement of Muddy River and for completing a continuous promenade from the Common to Jamaica Pond


Suggestion for the improvement of Muddy River and for completing a continuous promenade from the Common to Jamaica Pond

Item Information

Title:
Suggestion for the improvement of Muddy River and for completing a continuous promenade from the Common to Jamaica Pond
Description:
Originally part of the Back Bay salt marsh, the narrow, tidal Muddy River formed the boundary between Boston and Brookline. By 1880, urban growth had taken its toll, and the once-flowing tributary was notoriously polluted and prone to flooding. The simple schematic plan shown here was Olmsted’s preliminary design for improving the waterway. In it, he sculpted the erratic river into a gently meandering stream, and transformed the swamp south of Tremont Street into a large pond. Olmsted would later alter this plan, going so far as to reroute the river and shift the Boston-Brookline border; this change was legally adopted in 1890.
Creator:
Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903
Creator:
Heliotype Printing Co
Name on Item:
F.L. Olmsted.
Date:
1880
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
Parks--Massachusetts--Boston--Maps
City planning--Massachusetts--Boston--Maps
Landscape architecture--Massachusetts--Boston--Maps
Muddy River (Norfolk County and Suffolk County, Mass. : River)--Maps
Boston (Mass.)--Maps
Places:
MassachusettsMuddy River
Publisher:
Boston : Heliotype Print. Co.
Notes:
Exhibited: "Breathing Room: Mapping Boston's Green Spaces" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2018.
Oriented with north toward the upper right.
Includes note.
"Dec. 1880."
Extent:
1 map : col. ; 22 x 76 cm.
Scale:
Scale [ca. 1:7,200].
Language:
English
Identifier:
06_01_004327
Call #:
G3764.B6G52 1880 .O4
Barcode:
39999059006203
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