Designated a National Historic Landmark
of New York City on 5/23/1963.
Central Park, the first major landscaped public space in urban America, was created in the 1850s as an antidote to the turbulent social unrest, largely as the result of the country's first wave of immigration, and a serious public health crisis, caused by harmful environmental conditions. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the winners of the 1858 design competition for Central Park, along with other socially conscious reformers understood that the creation of a great public park would improve public health and contribute greatly to the formation of a civil society. Immediately, the success of Central Park fostered the urban park movement, one of the great hallmarks of democracy of nineteenth century America.
Central Park S. & 5th Ave.
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of Congress (LOC) Picture Collection
Unique in their scope and richness, the picture collections number
more than 14 million images. These include photographs, historical
prints, posters, cartoons, documentary drawings, fine prints, and
architectural and engineering designs. While international in scope,
the collections are particularly strong in materials documenting the
history of the United States and the lives, interests, and
achievements of the American people.
- National Park
Service - National Historic Landmarks Site
National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are nationally significant
historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because
they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or
interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, just over
2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. Working with
citizens throughout the nation, the National Historic Landmarks
Program draws upon the expertise of National Park Service staff who
guide the nomination process for new Landmarks and provide
assistance to existing Landmarks.
LOC Historic American Building Survey
The permanent collection of architectural, engineering and landscape
documentation at the Library of Congress consists of measured and
interpretive drawings, large-format black and white and color
photographs, written historical and descriptive data, and original
field notes. The collection captures the American experience through
approximately 40,000 recorded historic structures and sites, from
American Indian cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde to space-age
technology at Cape Canaveral.
LandmarkHunter.com is a database of historic or notable landmarks in
the United States, past and present.
Wikipedia - National Historic Landmarks in NYC
The free encyclopedia's directory of New York City's National
- Go Historic
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and architecture, including places, people, things, photos and