Calvert Vaux is best known as the co-designer, along with his junior partner Frederick Law Olmsted, of Central Park. Yes – despite Olmsted’s superior name recognition, it was Vaux who convinced the City to have the design competition and then invited Olmsted to join him in preparing what would become the winning plan.
Who was this Brit who was the first to call himself a “Landscape Architect”, who came to New York City in 1850 and stayed for the rest of life, sparking the urban park movement and leaving us with the unsurpassed designs for Prospect and Morningside Parks, Niagara, and of course Central Park? Meet the man who loved nature so much that he found a way to bring the pastoral into the city so that we could all experience its beauty and life-enhancing gifts every day.
Ron Korcak, retired federal scientist and science administrator
Open to the public. Tickets can be purchased via the event webpage.