The Evolution of the National Zoological Park

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Addresses history of landscape design and philosophy behind decisions at the National Zoological Park. Quite complete history, especially in the discussion of master plans made for the Park (1960-1973). Poorly footnoted (only four listed for entire document) and contains a few misinterpretations of the NZP's early history (most egregious error attributes selection of Olmsted as designer to Frank Baker after Congress' passage of the Park bill).


  • Baker, Frank 1841-1918
  • Olmsted, Frederick Law 1822-1903
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)


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Study prepared for the Faculty of the Division of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia and the National Zoological Park

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No date (circa 1974-75)


  • Architecture
  • Grounds
  • Facilities

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