Prospect Park

STATUS Designated Scenic Landmark

Prospect Park

ARCHITECT: Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux

DATE: 1866

STYLE: English Garden

Brooklyn English Garden Prospect Park

Prospect Park, 526 acres of picturesque landscape dotted by flower gardens, meandering pathways, and historic buildings, is one of the largest and most scenic urban parks in the United States. It was designed, starting in 1865, by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the landscape architects who had previously designed Central Park in Manhattan. Construction began in 1866. The plan, based on the popular English garden mode, called for three distinct regions: a large open meadow, a hilly wooded area planted with an extensive variety of native and exotic plants and trees, and a vase lake district. In addition to the park’s natural landscape, Olmsted and Vaux designed a number of formal spaces, including the Flower Garden and Grand Army Plaza.

STATUS Designated Scenic Landmark

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