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Photo, Print, Drawing Schiller Park, 90 Schiller Park Drive, Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY

[ Data Pages from Survey HALS NY-13  ]

About this Item

Title

  • Schiller Park, 90 Schiller Park Drive, Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY

Names

  • Historic American Landscapes Survey, creator
  • Campbell, David
  • Schiller, Friedrich
  • City of Syracuse
  • Robinson, Charles Mulford
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
  • German-American Society of Central New York
  • Deutscherbund of Onondaga County
  • BuMann, Sharon
  • Stevens, Christopher M, transmitter
  • Lauer, Jennifer, historian
  • Archer, Lauren, historian
  • Auwaerter, John E, faculty sponsor
  • State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, sponsor
  • McPartland, Mary, transmitter

Created / Published

  • Documentation compiled after 2000

Headings

  • -  City Beautiful movement
  • -  Civilian Conservation Corps
  • -  German-Americans
  • -  curvilinear paths
  • -  trails & paths
  • -  stone piers
  • -  brick piers
  • -  pavilions
  • -  playgrounds
  • -  parks
  • -  neighborhood parks
  • -  oak trees
  • -  canopy trees
  • -  swimming pools
  • -  tennis courts
  • -  baseball
  • -  tennis
  • -  recreation
  • -  sports & recreation facilities
  • -  play (recreation)
  • -  lawns
  • -  community centers
  • -  monuments & memorials
  • -  New Deal
  • -  New York--Onondaga County--Syracuse

Latitude / Longitude

  • 43.0666047,-76.1385182

Notes

  • -  Entry 2017 HALS Challenge: Documenting City or Town Parks
  • -  Significance: Schiller Park is a public park owned by the City of Syracuse that retains some historic integrity. The 1994 National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form, "Historic Designed Landscapes of Syracuse, New York," identifies Schiller Park within Pleasure Ground era (1850-1900) and Reform Park era (1900-1930s) historic contexts). The park also retains Depression-era features built by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers under the New Deal's Emergency Conservation Work (EWC) Act (1933-1942). Because the park was designed and built in 1911, with significant developments ending around the close of CCC built improvements, Schiller Park's period of significance can be defined from 1911-42. The park land, acquired by the city in 1901, was designed by landscape architect David Campbell in 1911 and reflects a unique pleasure ground design with a reform era park design overlay. The design merges clever use of existing landform with salient landscape design philosophies during the early 20th century. Extant Pleasure Ground design features include asymmetry of design, meandering paths and curvilinear roadways, dramatic slopes, and massed naturalistic vegetation. Extant Reform Park era characteristics include original baseball fields as well as tennis courts, a handball court, and playground in their original locations. The park also represents significant connections to Syracuse's German-American community during the early 1900s. The Northside neighborhood in which Schiller Park is located contained was heavily populated by German immigrants, who advocated for the park’s initial designation as "Schiller Park" to commemorate the 100th anniversary of German poet Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller. It continues to be maintained and used as a social gathering space for German-American groups from the city, and therefore may also be significant for European ethnic heritage. The park is significant in the area of Community Planning and Development for its association with the City Beautiful Movement endorsed by early city planner Charles Mulford Robinson. The park epitomizes the civic spirit inspired by the City Beautiful Movement, when many public lands were set aside by cities for the physical and moral improvement of the populace during the early 20th century. Rustic stonework characteristic of Depression-Era Civilian Conservation Corps work also remains at several entrances in the park. Physical remnants from this government-sponsored park improvement program represent this significant era of social history and politics.
  • -  Survey number: HALS NY-13
  • -  Building/structure dates: 1901-1911 Initial Construction
  • -  Building/structure dates: after. 1930- before. 1939 Subsequent Work
  • -  National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 64500453

Medium

  • Data Page(s): 16

Call Number/Physical Location

  • HALS NY-13

Source Collection

  • Historic American Landscapes Survey (Library of Congress)

Repository

Control Number

  • ny2451

Rights Advisory

Online Format

  • pdf

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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Landscapes Survey, Creator, David Campbell, Friedrich Schiller, City Of Syracuse, Charles Mulford Robinson, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, German-American Society Of Central New York, et al. Schiller Park, 90 Schiller Park Drive, Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY. Onondaga County New York Syracuse, 2000. translateds by Stevens, Christopher Mmitter, and Mcpartland, Marymitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/ny2451/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Landscapes Survey, C., Campbell, D., Schiller, F., City Of Syracuse, Robinson, C. M., Goethe, J. W. [...] State University Of New York, C. O. E. S. A. F. (2000) Schiller Park, 90 Schiller Park Drive, Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY. Onondaga County New York Syracuse, 2000. Stevens, C. M. & McPartland, M., transs Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ny2451/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Landscapes Survey, Creator, et al. Schiller Park, 90 Schiller Park Drive, Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY. trans by Stevens, Christopher Mmitter, and Mcpartland, Marymitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/ny2451/>.