Olmsted, Vaux, Central Park, and 19th-Century New York
Central Park is one of the greatest works of art of the 19th century, the greatest work of architecture in New York, and a fascinating example of 19th-century social engineering. This course provides an in-depth history of Central Park, as well as close looks at the lives and works of the park’s many creators—especially Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, whose many other designs will also be discussed. These topics will be examined against the background of a city that was growing, changing, and confronting new problems as few—if any—cities ever had before.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of Vaux’s and Olmsted’s legacies in NYC and beyond
- Familiarity with the history of Central Park and its ever-changing relation to the City
- The curious and creative
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between