Design for Prospect Park in the City of Brooklyn. Olmsted and Vaux (Firm). 1871. Brooklyn Historical Society Map Collection.
This month’s featured map was first posted on our blog by Allison back in May 2010; however, it is so beautiful, we wanted to showcase it again. An 1871 design from Olmsted, Vaux & Co, Landscape Architects, the map was made while the park was both open and still under construction. Today the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library and Mount Prospect Park sit on what was the reservoir’s land. Also of interest is the land for sale around the reservoir — part of which makes up today’s Brooklyn Botanic Garden.