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Landscapes and Writings of Harold Caparn

Oliver Chamberlain (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-8057-3 ©2013
Price: $139.95
Book Size: 8.5" x 11" , 473 pages
Category/Subject: ART / General

Harold Caparn (1864-1945) has not been known because his archive was privately held and not open to research. It was made available to the author in 2005. It contains photos of his landscape work and plans, some of his letters and his client list. From it the author has selected for this publication some of Caparn’s 175 landscape works, his 120 published articles and 70 letters to The New York Times. His designs for outstanding gardens and estates are described and pictured. His letters, articles and personal battles for New York’s Central Park, against smoke pollution and the mismanagement of natural resources are told in convincing detail. His contribution of lasting essays on botanic gardens and the founding of the American Society of Landscape Architects are now valued historic references.

This is the first book published on Harold Caparn. It traces his education in horticulture and architecture in England and in Paris. It follows him to America in 1889 and his work for a nurseryman and landscape gardener in Pittsburgh. It describes the major works he accomplished from his own solo office during the first four decades of the Twentieth Century. It explores in his own words his influential ideas about city, state and national parks and especially the informal style of landscape architecture.

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