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The City in a Garden A Photographic History of Chicago's Parks

The City in a Garden A Photographic History of Chicago's Parks
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Center for Amer Places Santa Fe
2001 180
24x20 (cm) ill. b/n n.t. - b/w ills.
bross. ill. a colori con alette - paperback Nuovo - New
Inglese - English text   1200 (gr)
1930066023 9781930066021
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Foreword by Bill Kurtis.
Contemporary Photographs by Judith Bromley and James Iska.
Historic images from the Chicago Park District's Special Collections.

"This book makes the history of Chicago and its parks come alive." 

ROBERT E. GRESE, Director, Nichols Arboretum, and author of Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens

ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST KEPT SECRETS is Chicago's historic park system. Even Chicagoans who routinely enjoy its diverse open spaces -from the magnificent lakeshore parks to intimate neighborhood settings- may be surprised about their parkland legacy. The City in a Garden, developed in association with the Chicago Park District, is the first official history of Chicago's parks and it reveals why they are second to none in America and abroad.
As Julia Sniderman Bachrach writes: "During the late 1830s, when Chicago's nascent local government adopted the motto, 'Urbs in horto, a Latin phrase meaning 'City in a garden, there were few green spaces or policies to promote park develop-ment. The city's slogan, however, has since proved to be prophetic. For more than 165 years, Chicago's citizens have rallied for the creation and protection of parkland, and the city's parks have long served as a national testing ground for revolutionary ideas, programs, and social reform efforts. Indeed, nearly a quarter of Chicago's existing 555 parks were created or shaped by some of the nation's most significant architects, landscape designers, and artists, such as Frederick Law Olmsted, Daniel H. Burnham, Jens Jensen, Alfred Caldwell and Lorado Taft."
After an introductory essay presents the history of Chicago's parks, 32 of the city's finest parks are profiled, using fine-art photographs- both contemporary and historical -along with detailed vignettes and captions to trace their development. The visual treat of the book's images combines with its emphasis on narrative history to create a rich exploration of the city's most beautiful sites. A glossary and suggested readings complete the book's utility for general readers and specialists alike.


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