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Pullman, Illinois, Historic Site: Arcade Park and Landscape Design for Factory and Town (editor's title)

The Arcade Park (shown in the picture), streets, and artificial lakes at Pullman were the work of Nathan Franklin Barrett, an American landscape architect. In 1879, when Barrett was only one year into his own practice, he received his most significant commission from George Pullman who hired him to oversee the plan and design of the company town of Pullman with architect Solon S. Beman. Barrett is known for his Pullman designs plus the Hotel Ponce de Leon in Florida and Naumkeg in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Barrett was a founding member and president of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He began his training as a landscape architect in 1866 by running his brother's nursery and educating himself in formal designs by reading and receiving instruction from his family's Irish gardener. His early works were largely railroad stations for which he received a contract from the Central Railroad of New Jersey. His work at Pullman led to other municipal commissions throughout the 1880s and 1890s including designs at Fort Worth, Texas, Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Birmingham, Alabama. Barrett's association with Pullman continued with the design of Pullman's estate in New Jersey. The two men remained friends until Pullman's death in 1897. The residential portion of Pullman between 111th and 115th Streets had 531 houses; nearly all of this housing stands today more or less as it did originally. Next in series.
Coverage Spatial, Chicago, Illinois; Temporal, ca. 1890-1900
Date Created c1900
Resource Type
Location Pullman Works, Chicago, Illinois
Comments The Detroit Publishing Company distributed this image. Its superintendent at the time was William Henry Jackson, a noted photographer with a railroad speciality. The Detroit Publishing Company, however, distributed photographs by many non-company photographers. In that era, it was not common to credit individual photographers.
Collection Detroit Publishing Company Collection
Image ID LC-D4-12561
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