Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781930066014 Published September 2001
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781930066021 Published September 2001

The City in a Garden

A Photographic History of Chicago's Parks

Julia Sniderman Bachrach

The City in a Garden
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Julia Sniderman Bachrach

Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press

Contemporary photographs by Judith Bromley and Jim Iska & historic images from the Chicago Park District's Special Collections
192 pages | 140 illustrations | 9 x 8 | © 2001
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781930066014 Published September 2001
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781930066021 Published September 2001
Most people, specialists or not, typically think of New York City or Boston when considering the early development of parks and open spaces in American cities. Despite the size and importance of the Chicago park system, its history is less well known-even to many of those Chicagoans who regularly enjoy its facilities.

City in a Garden, developed in association with the Chicago Park District itself, changes that: its 184 large—format pages, packed with 140 images and a closely integrated text, provide the first official documentary chronicle of Chicago's parks. Thirty-one of the city's finest spaces are profiled, using photographs—both contemporary and historical-along with detailed vignettes and captions to trace their development. The visual treat of the book's fine-art duotones combines with its emphasis on narrative history to create a rich and magnificent exploration of a city's most beautiful sites.
Scott Mehaffey | Landscape Architecture
“An impressive new photographic history written by Julia Sniderman Bachrach. . . . The author opens with an inspiring historical essay, followed by profiles of 22 of Chicago’s 555 (!) parks.  The profiles describe the social, political, and design history of each park, documenting the influence of politicians, patrons, landscape architects, and architects who were responsible for their initial creation or later improvements. . . . Well-written and beautifully illustrated.”--Scott Mehaffey, Landscape Architecture
Friends of the Park
“<I>City in a Garden<I> traces the story from the early 1800s when officials believed in keeping lakefront property open, to revolutionary parks emerging on the South Side, through the years when Grant Park served as a dumping ground for garbage and squatters’ shacks, to the late 1800s when A. Montgomery Ward fought to keep Chicago’s lakefront forever open, clear, and free.  By 1934, Chicago had 22 independent park districts, all of them poor because of the Depression.  In World War II, parks and recreation staff received Red Cross training.  After the war, a period of park expansion set in.  During the 1960s and ‘70s, recreation became the focus.  In the early 1980s, the Park District was sued over inequitable distribution of resources and settled with a consent decree.”--<I>Friends of the Park
Chicago Magazine
“A lovely chronicle.”--<I>Chicago Magazine
Ann Kepler | Midwest Engineer
“<I>The City in a Gardern<I> is a beautifully produced book with historical and contemporary photography that can only be classified as fine art. The historical information is fascinating. . . . This is an appropriate gift book for anyone interested in Chicago history or landscape design.”--Ann Kepler, <I>Midwest Engineer
Foreword, by Bill Kurtis
A History of Chicago's Parks, by Julia Sniderman Bachrach
Notes to the Essay
Park Profiles
   Indian Boundary
   La Follette
   Ping Tom Memorial
   Pullman and Arcade
   Rainbow Beach
   South Shore Cultural Center
   Washington Square
Glossary of Key Figures, Terms, and Organizations
Suggested Readings
About the Author and Photographers
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