Vaux, Calvert, 1824-1895

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Dates:
Birth 1824-12-20
Death 1895-11-19
Americans

Biographical notes:

Calvert Vaux (1824-1895) was a British-born landscape architect who practiced in the U.S. He worked on the designs for the grounds of the U.S. Capitol and the Smithsonian Institution. In 1857 he began collaborating with Frederick Law Olmsted on the construction of Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Central, Morningside and Riverside Parks in Manhattan. They also worked on the South Park in Chicago and the state reservation at Niagara Falls, N.Y. Vaux was the landscape architect for the department of parks in New York City for many years.

From the guide to the Calvert Vaux papers, 1860-1921, 1860s, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Calvert Vaux was an American architect and landscape designer. Born and trained in England, he came to New York to work with A.J. Downing in 1850, and became a naturalized citizen in 1856. He saw his designs as a way to implement social change, and with this in mind he designed hospitals, museums, suburban residential communities, and numerous public parks, including Central Park; his designs for Central Park became the standard for urban parks, and inaugurated the profession of landscape architect. He worked with many of the leading architects of his day, and had significant influence on the evolution of New York City.

From the description of Calvert Vaux letter to Geo. W. Curtis, 1853 Jan. 3. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 61691239

American landscape architect.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : New York, N.Y., and Newburgh, N.Y., 1855 Jan. 24 and 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270583363

Calvert Vaux (1824-1895) was a British-born landscape architect who practiced in the U.S.

He worked on the designs for the grounds of the U.S. Capitol and the Smithsonian Institution. In 1857 he began collaborating with Frederick Law Olmsted on the construction of Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Central, Morningside and Riverside Parks in Manhattan. They also worked on the South Park in Chicago and the state reservation at Niagara Falls, N.Y. Vaux was the landscape architect for the department of parks in New York City for many years.

From the description of Calvert Vaux papers, 1860-1921, bulk (1860s). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517589

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Subjects:

  • Public lands
  • Landscape architecture
  • Land use--New York (State)--New York
  • Zoo
  • Architects--Correspondence
  • Public lands--New York (State)--New York
  • Land use
  • Recreation areas
  • City planning
  • Zoos--New York (State)--New York
  • Recreation areas--New York (State)--New York
  • Parks
  • Parks--New York (State)--New York
  • City planning--New York (State)--New York

Occupations:

  • Landscape architects

Places:

  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • Prospect Park (New York, N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • Central Park (New York, N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
  • Prospect Park (New York, N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • Central Park (New York, N.Y.) (as recorded)