#onthisday in 1853, the New York State Legislature enacted into law the setting aside of more than 750 acres of land central to Manhattan Island to create America’s first major landscaped public park. And thus,#CentralPark was born. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the winners of the 1858 design competition for Central Park, along with reformers hoped that the creation of a public park would improve public health and spark the formation of a civil society. The success of Central Park helped to foster the urban park movement across the country. This image features Bethesda Fountain, the only statue that was commissioned for the Park. Created by Emma Stebbins, it was the first time a woman received a public art commission in NYC. Happy Birthday Central Park!
Photograph Information: X2010.11.1552 Augustus Hepp [Bethesda Fountain.] DATE:ca. 1800