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The Central Park: New York’s Greatest Treasure Book Talk

Central Park might be the most famous and best loved example of pastoral landscape architecture in the United States, but for Upper East Siders, it’s also our brilliant backyard.

The Central Park

If you’ve ever wondered how our extraordinary emerald oasis became a reality, be sure to join us for this illustrated book talk with art historian and New York City Municipal Archives conservator Cynthia Brenwall. Drawing on hundreds of previously-unpublished designs, notes, maps and materials from the NYC Municipal Archives, Ms. Brenwall’s new book, The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure, offers a more complete understanding of the development and early history of Central Park than ever before. In this illustrated lecture, Brenwall will give us a lush look at the park’s creation, and show off early examples of Olmsted and Vaux’s extraordinary vision.

Co-Sponsored by: The Colonial Dames of America, The Society of the Colonial Wars in the State of New York, and The American Friends of the Georgian Group.


Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street


This venue is accessible. $15 for FRIENDS and CDA Members, $25 for Non-Members


  • November 7, 2019
  • 6:00 pm