Notes on the Plan of Franklin Park and Related Matters

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Department, 1886 - 115 pages
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Page 109 - Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight, nor for present use alone; let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! this our fathers did for us.
Page 36 - O rival of the rose! I never thought to ask, I never knew; But in my simple ignorance suppose The self-same Power that brought me there brought you.
Page 106 - First, the chief end of a large park is an effect on the human organism by an action of what it presents to view, which action, like that of music, is of a kind that goes back of thought, and cannot be fully given the form of words.
Page 92 - ... likely to be so much made or marred for all its future as in proceedings in prosecution of a park project.
Page 53 - To sustain the designed character of the Country Park, the urban elegance generally desired in a small public or private pleasure ground is to be methodically guarded against.
Page 46 - Given sufficient space, scenery of much simpler elements than are found in the site of Franklin Park may possess the soothing charm which lies in the qualities of breadth, distance, depth, intricacy, atmospheric perspective, and mystery. It may have picturesque passages (that is to say, more than picturesque objects or picturesque " bits "). It may have passages, indeed, of an aspect approaching grandeur and sublimity.
Page 94 - How could New York have got on without the park ? Twelve million visits are made to it every year. The poor and the rich come together in it in larger numbers than anywhere else and enjoy what they find in it in more complete sympathy than they enjoy anything else together.
Page 55 - ... had without charge. The house is to be so placed and the other conveniences are to be so sheltered by existing trees and vines to be grown upon the trellises that they will be invisible except to those seeking them." "At a point central to almost all the picnic and basket-party grounds of the park, the map shows a space of unbroken turf about eight acres in extent named Ellicottdale, with a winding margin, which is generally rocky and shady. This ground is now, for the most part, boggy and its...
Page 47 - ... to the wives, with whom they shared some fond local remembrance. For years has Dunham Park been the favourite resort of the Manchester workpeople ; for more years than I can tell ; probably ever since " the Duke," by his canals, opened out the system of cheap travelling.
Page 96 - ... irregular outlines, will look larger than they would if the boundary line were plainly in sight. The value of a park depends mainly on the disposition and quality of its woods and planting, and on the relation of these to other natural features within its limits. The older the wood, and the less newness and rawness there is to be seen in all the elements of a park, the better it serves its purpose. All schemes of planting are based upon orderly, seasonable adjustment, involving careful observation...

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