Graceland Cemetery in Chicago was founded in 1860 and developed over several decades by a series of landscape gardeners whose reputations today figure among the most important in the field. An exemplar of the rural cemetery type, Graceland was Chicago’s answer to its eastern counterparts, Mount Auburn in Cambridge and Laurel Hill in Philadelphia. Graceland was considered one of the most perfect expressions of a design approach that featured use of native plants and it was hailed as the most “modern” cemetery in existence and “the admiration of the world.” In this book, architectural historian Christopher Vernon carefully recovers the history of Graceland and the many hands that helped to shape its influential layout. William Tishler, scholar of landscape architecture and author of Midwestern Landscape Architecture, declares, “Vernon has thoroughly chronicled the complex web of people, places, and events comprising the development of one of the most influential cemeteries in the United States.”
Christopher Vernon is an associate professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Visual Arts at the University of Western Australia.
This event is made possible in part by the Library of American Landscape History and by the Trustees of the Graceland Cemetery Improvement Fund. It is in memory of Helen Sclair, Chicago’s Cemetery Lady. It is co-sponsored by the Newberry’s A.C. McClurg Bookstore.
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