A day in the Park as an Art Form . Delaware Park . 1900’s

A day in the Park as an Art Form . Delaware Park . 1900’s

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The volume of postcards sent and saved in the early 1900’s pays tribute to the love residents and visitors had for beautiful Delaware Park. “The Park” was without argument, thoughtfully designed from concept to completion with the Albright Art Gallery, by Green & Wicks, the jewel and centerpiece of the holistic park experience. The postcards shown here are courtesy of the NY Heritage website, hundreds have been saved and preserved.

Here is the opening paragraph from the “Olmsted in Buffalo” website which establishes solid and interesting facts on “The Park”:

The centerpiece of Buffalo’s Olmsted parks and parkways system is the vast grounds originally known simply as “The Park”. Now called Delaware Park, at 350 acres in size it is one of the relatively few true parks Frederick Law Olmsted created, and the only one in the Buffalo system. To Olmsted, only a very large, naturalistic site which would completely shield the visitor from the bustle and cares of the city could be considered a “park”. (Smaller sites he categorized as “pleasure grounds”.) This park was also the first for which Olmsted was given the opportunity to personally select the site to be used. In keeping with all of Olmsted’s great parks, Delaware Park has three prime elements: a prominent water feature (the “Gala Water”, presently named “Hoyt Lake”) which was originally 42 acres in area and formed by damming Scajaquada Creek, a large meadow of about 120 acres, and significant wooded areas.


This link (above) provides continued information and ultimately the metamorphosis of “The Park”, which is well done.

“Other” Architects playing key roles  in incorporating symbiotic architecture with the nature of the Olmsted project include the Green & Wicks firm (according to the Olmsted site), with acknowledgment as follows:

Edward Brodhead Green and William Sydney Wicks (Green & Wicks, later E.B. Green and Son)
Designed – New Boat House, Delaware Park (1900-1901)
– Albright Knox Art Gallery, Delaware Park (1900-1905)
– Shelter House, Lily Pool, Delaware Park (1900)
– Shelter House, Cazenovia Park (1902)
– Fountain and seating, Gates Circle (1902)

Oh yes, and since I am just reiterating the idea that Green & Wicks worked together as partners, as shown here, the firm, I believe is responsible for the design of the Albright Art Gallery, not one member of the team.

Always, Remembering Wicks …

william s wicks

from a Great Grand daughter.

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