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UnCommon Ground Lecture: The Rural Cemetery Movement in 19th Century America: Graceland Cemetery in Chicago

Friday, June 14, 2013

6:00 p.m.

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This is the first in a series of lectures on urban cemeteries as historic landscapes, in an effort to encourage greater awareness of New York City’s cemeteries, public and private. 

Christopher Vernon, an associate professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts at the University of Western Australia, has done extensive research on designed national capitals such as Canberra, New Delhi and Brasilia.  He is an authority on Walter Burley Griffin, the Chicago architect and landscape architect who designed Canberra, and on his wife and collaborator, architect Marion Mahony Griffin, both of whom worked at different times for Frank Lloyd Wright.  Vernon wrote the introduction to the Library of American Landscape History (LALH) edition of The Prairie Spirit in Landscape Gardening (1915) by Wilhelm Miller, a volume in the ASLA Centennial Reprint Series. Also published by the University of Massachusetts Press in association with LALH is Graceland Cemetery: A Design History, hailed for its exhaustive research which places Graceland Cemetery in the context of Chicago’s urban development.

For additional information or to RSVP, please email UncommonGround@parks.nyc.gov or call (212) 360-8240.

Location

The Arsenal in Central Park Accessible
830 Fifth Avenue
Manhattan
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Cost

Free  

Contact Number

(212) 360-8240

Contact Email

UncommonGround@parks.nyc.gov

Categories

History, Talks

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PlaygroundsEast 72nd St Playground

The East 72nd St Playground is closed for construction. It will reopen this summer. Central Park Conservancy is renovating the playground to improve its accessibility and connection to the park's landscape. Please visit the Central Park Conservancyfor more information.

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As of April 27, Central Park's Bow Bridge is closed to the public for structural work and a fresh coat of paint. The work is expected to last three to four months. Removing the old paint will require wrapping the bridge in a tent-like structure to prevent debris from falling into the water. Along with repainting, the work will include replacing the wooden decking, fixing several beams on the underside of the span, and reinforcing approaches at either end.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

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