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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.7:00 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.

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