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Map of Central Park & The Southern Exposition, 1884

From the 1884 Louisville City Atlas showing Central Park and the main Southern Exposition Buildings to the south.  In this plan we see the location of the lake, the Art Gallery and the Du Pont buildings, including the old log cabin hunting lodge built by Cuthbert Bullet in 1837.  Across from the park we also see the location of the Reverend Stuart Robinson's 'new' mansion.   In 1904, the park would be redesigned by Frederick Law Olmsted, as well as the gardens of the Robinson estate (the area south and to the rear/east of the house).  On the next plan, note that the walkway designs of the park under the new Olmsted plan would essentially preserve the original 1884 layout on the northwest and southeast corners.

 

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Central Park Plans 1884, 1901, 1990s

Views of Central Park before 1904
Postcard Views of Central Park 1905-1920

    

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