Brooklyn Mirador: History of Grand Army Plaza

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Xlibris Corporation, Apr 1, 2010 - Art - 24 pages
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This is the story behind the beautiful view of the Empire State Building perfectly framed within the Arch in Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza.

The Mirador, the tip of the Tower and the keystone of the Arch form a precise three-point-alignment which bisects the Arch at a 90-degree angle. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux planned the essential framework which led to this amazing vision.

“What artist so noble..directs the shadows of a picture so great that Nature shall be employed upon it it for generations, before the work he has arranged for her shall realize his intentions.” – Olmsted, 1852
 

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Contents

The Tower
6
The Framework
7
The Arch
8
18591970 Grand Army Plaza and 350 Fifth Avenue
9
Olmsted Vaux and Stranahan
10
The Northern Extension of the Plazas Axis
11
Political Tides Turn
13
Brooklyn Mirador Timeline Part I Civil War Era
14
Timeline Part II Post Reconstruction
15
Olmsted and Vaux Letters
17
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