April -- better known as the month of showers, Frederick Law Olmsted's birthday, and Earth Day -- has also been designated National Landscape Architect month. Aside from Olmsted, however, landscape architects continue to fly largely under the radar. A case in point: Clarke and Rapuano, a firm with enormous impact on New York City's urban landscape, whose name is hardly known outside the profession.
Gilmore D. Clarke (1892-1982) and Michael Rapuano (1904-1975) began their professional partnership...Read More
Women's History Month is the perfect time to pay tribute to a largely unsung heroine, Grace Hoadley Dodge.
Born in 1856, to a family prominent in both business and philanthropy, Grace Dodge devoted her life to helping underprivileged women. She was instrumental in founding a number of prestigious and long-lasting aid organizations, including the YWCA, one of the oldest and largest women's associations in the nation, and the Teachers College at Columbia University, the nation's oldest...Read More
This post is written by Joe Festa, Manuscript Reference Librarian.
Mural artist Edwin Howland Blashfield, born in Brooklyn in 1848, is perhaps best known for adorning the dome of the Library of Congress Main Reading Room in Washington, DC. His work can be characterized by his formal European apprenticeship in the classical arts, which greatly informed his aesthetic and contributed to his success during the American Gilded Age.
In 1867, Blashfield left New York to study under...Read More
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