TONIGHT at the deYoung Museum, San Francisco

October 19, 2010

When San Francisco city leaders called on Olmsted in the 1860s, they were expecting to get another Central Park.

The park for San Francisco that Olmsted designed, however, was multi-faceted, featuring a smaller park in the wind-protected valley of the undeveloped Buena Vista Hill (modern day Hayes Valley), and a 4-mile promenade that ran along Market Street, before turning the corner and continuing up Van Ness Avenue to the bay.  Olmsted thought the promenade should be lined with dry weather plants, and sunken underground, to protect pedestrians from the harsh east-west winds.  City leaders thanked him for his time, paid him his $500 consulting fee, and ultimately decided that the idea was too radical, too far-sighted to be implemented.

Golden Gate Park, the “Central Park” that city leaders were looking for, was designed by William Hammond Hall on an epic stretch of land that Olmsted deemed too windy to be considered.

Join us TONIGHT for a screening of THE OLMSTED LEGACY at the deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park.

7:00 PM

The screening is FREE, and will feature a Q&A with writer/producer Rebecca Messner, and remarks by Elizabeth Goldstein, president of the California State Parks Foundation.  Many thanks to the San Francisco Parks Trust for their help with this event!

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