General plan of Franklin Park


General plan of Franklin Park

Item Information

Title:
General plan of Franklin Park
Description:
Boston’s largest park, Franklin Park is considered the “crown jewel” of the Emerald Necklace. To Olmsted, rural scenery offered a physical and visual contrast with the crowding and artificiality of the city, allowing visitors to relax physically and emotionally, consciously and unconsciously. This park plan features dense marginal text in which Olmsted laid out his vision for a country park adorned simply with paths, natural ledges, and native plantings, trimmed not by lawn mowers but by grazing sheep. Franklin Park never fully achieved Olmsted’s original vision, but evolved to feature a woodland preserve and open fields, as well as a zoo, public golf course, pedestrian and bridle paths, a stadium, and other recreational facilities.
Creator:
Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903
Creator:
Olmsted, John Charles, 1852-1920
Creator:
Boston (Mass.). Parks and Recreation Dept
Name on Item:
Wm. M. Coombs, del. ; F.L. & J.C. Olmsted, landscape architects.
Date:
1885
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
Parks--Massachusetts--Boston--Dorchester--Maps
Franklin Park (Boston, Mass.)--Maps
Dorchester (Boston, Mass.)--Maps
Places:
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)BostonFranklin Park
Publisher:
Boston, Mass : [Parks and Recreation Dept.]
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 tables of areas, distances, lenghts and text.
Extent:
1 plan ; 69 x 87 cm.
Scale:
Scale 1:2,640.
Language:
English
Identifier:
06_01_003939
Call #:
G3764.B6:2D6 1885 .G4
Barcode:
39999059002699
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