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Lincoln Park: A Lakefront Legacy

  • Newberry Library 60 West Walton Street Chicago, IL, 60610 United States (map)

This seminar explores the fascinating and multifaceted history of Lincoln Park through three in-class presentations and three walking tours. Lincoln Park began as a 60-acre portion of a public cemetery in the mid-19th century and evolved into one of Chicago’s largest, most active, and loveliest lakefront parks. Throughout its history, the park underwent a series of landfill engineering projects that expanded its acreage by more than 1000 acres. Talented landscape designers, architects, and artists contributed to the park’s development. They included landscape architects Swain Nelson, Annette McCrea, and Ossian Cole Simonds; architects Joseph Lyman Silsbee and Dwight Heald Perkins; and artists Augustus Saint Gaudens, Gutzon Borglum, and Ellsworth Kelly. Over the years, park improvements were shaped by the challenges, needs, desires, and dreams of Chicagoans.

Thursdays, 5:45 – 7:45 pm
June 13 through July 25, 2019

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Image: Grant Monument looking east. Photo by Brooke Collins.

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