The Grid and the River: Philadelphia's Green Places, 1682-1876 by Elizabeth MilroyThe Grid and the River: Philadelphia's Green Places, 1682-1876 by Elizabeth Milroy

The Grid and the River: Philadelphia's Green Places, 1682-1876

byElizabeth Milroy

Hardcover | March 8, 2016

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Philadelphians are fond of quoting a letter in which William Penn described his vision of a “greene country towne, which will never be burnt & always wholesome.” Today, Philadelphia’s public parks cover more than ten thousand acres—roughly 11 percent of the city’s area. They encompass extensive woodlands and waterways as well as the largest collection of historic properties in the state of Pennsylvania, including the Fairmount Water Works, the Philadelphia Zoo (the oldest zoo in the United States), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Grid and the River is the product of Elizabeth Milroy’s quest to understand the history of public green spaces in William Penn’s city. In this monumental work of urban history, Milroy traces efforts to keep Philadelphia “green” from the time of its founding to the late nineteenth century. She chronicles how patterns of use and representations of green spaces informed notions of community and identity in the city. In particular, Milroy examines the history of how and why the district along the Schuylkill River came to be developed both in opposition to and in concert with William Penn’s original designations of parks in his city plan.

Focusing on both the history and representation of Philadelphia’s green spaces, and making use of a wealth of primary source materials, Milroy offers new insights into the city’s political and cultural development and documents how changing attitudes toward the natural environment affected the physical appearance of Philadelphia’s landscape and the lives of its inhabitants.

Elizabeth Milroy is Professor and Department Head of Art and Art History in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University. Elizabeth Milroy is Professor and Department Head of Art and Art History in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University.
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Title:The Grid and the River: Philadelphia's Green Places, 1682-1876Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 11 × 9 × 1 inPublished:March 8, 2016Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271066768

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

City

1 The Origins of Penn’s Squares

2 Patterns of Growth and Governance in the Centre City

Suburb

3 The Liberty Lands

4 Suburban Villas in the Schuylkill Valley

5 Nurseries of National Virtue: Private Estates and Public Culture

6 Agriculture, Horticulture, and the Origins of the American Picturesque

Consolidation

7 Reviving Penn’s Plan

8 The Fairmount Water Works: Picturing Civic Virtue

9 Rural Cemeteries, River Parks, and the Search for Rational Recreation

10 Greening the Consolidated City

11 The Fairmount Park Commission: Park Building for Preservation and Conservation

12 Spatial Politics and the Centennial Exhibition

13 A Work Unfinished

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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“Even to those who think they know the well-told history of Penn’s founding of Philadelphia, there is new information and deeper nuance to be gleaned in this richly illustrated and extensively researched text. And while ostensibly about Philadelphia, the history told here is much more broadly applicable. It is a history of Philadelphia and of the formation of a uniquely American concept of landscape. Milroy’s approach is telescopic. Her research is sometimes almost obsessively detailed, finding quotes from private letters and references to the city’s green places in seemingly obscure legislative acts. The depth of her research is extraordinary, quickly building a powerfully authoritative voice.”—Eric Kramer, CAA.Reviews