Cynthia S. Brenwall’s new book The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure (Abrams, 2019), with a forward by architecture critic Martin Filler, is a virtual time machine, drawn from the collections of the NYC Municipal Archives, that takes a journey through Central Park as it was originally envisioned.
Included are more than 250 color photographs and illustrations such as the original winning competition entry submitted by park designers Frederick Olmsted and Calvert Vaux; detailed plans and elevations of many of the architectural features of the park — some built, some unbuilt; designs for all kinds of fixtures needed in a world of gaslight and horses; as well as intricate engineering drawings of park infrastructure.
Cynthia S. Brenwall is a conservator at the New York City Municipal Archives, which preserves the historical records of the government of New York City. She lives in New York City. Martin Filler is a prominent American architecture critic. He also lives in New York City
The Municipal Archives preserves and makes available New York City government’s historical records dating to the 17th century. Its online gallery provides research access to over 1.7 million items digitized from the vast holdings.
Note: Books noticed on The New York History Blog have been provided by their publishers. Purchases made through this Amazon link help support this site.