Walking the Moral High Ground of Nineteenth Century Albany

Sep 15, 2019, 12:00 PM Location: Washington Park, Albany, NY 12203

Washington Park, Albany was born at the intersection of aesthetics and intense social control, as elites in the 1860s and 70s confronted their anxieties about public health, immigration, spreading tenements, and urban disorder. The park changed in the making, expressing a wealth of landscape ideas and changing norms of public behavior, all framed by an extraordinary wealth of nineteenth century architecture. In this excursion around the park John Pipkin will focus its early decades. Meet at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument near the intersection of Henry Johnson Blvd and Washington Park Road. Rain date Sunday September 22.

About John Pipkin: John Pipkin is a Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Geography and Planning, University at Albany. He grew up near a Roman road in a small town in England, which had received its modern name, and some of its layout, by the sixth century. Then he went to graduate school in suburban Illinois, where the most of the built environment was a few decades old. Coming to Albany he was relieved to find historical depth again. He became an enthusiastic student of the rich urban fabric of the Capital District. His interests are in urban design, urban planning, architectural symbolism, social geography, landscape history, and public space, working in two distinct traditions: cultural geography, and planning history. He is a member of Washington Park Conservancy and is on the Board of Albany Rural Cemetery

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