The Oneida County History Center will host a screening and discussion of “Utica: An Olmsted City,” a series of six short videos discussing the origins, significance, and evolution of five neighborhoods, the parks and parkway system designed for Utica by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., the preeminent landscape American architect, set for June 22nd.
This program will include a brief introduction and a question-and-answer session with the film’s creators, local historian and Olmsted City Chair Phil Bean, and videographer Dennis Dewey.
Olmsted’s work in Utica began in the opening months of 1906 when Thomas R. Proctor hired him to design Roscoe Conkling Park. The work expanded to include Frederick T. Proctor Park, Thomas R. Proctor Park, and The Parkway. The Olmsted Brothers designed five neighborhoods in Utica and a small but pleasant development in the adjacent Village of New Hartford between 1913 and 1927.
This program will begin at 7 pm and is free and open to the public. The Oneida County History Center is located at 1608 Genesee Street, in Utica. For more information contact the History Center at (315) 735-3642 or visit their website.
Photo of postcard of Proctor Park c. 1920 courtesy Oneida County History Center.