New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Originally an open commons, the park was later enclosed by an iron fence. By 1870 it had been enlarged and landscaped with trees, lawn and shrubs accorded to a design by Parks Chief Engineer Montgomery A. Kellogg and Chief Gardner Ignatz A. Pilat.
In 1887, as part of a citywide effort to improve public access to enclosed park lands, Parks Superintendent Samuel Parsons Jr. and Landscape Architect Calvert Vaux designed a plan with paths curving in from each surrounding street.
In 1940 Chief Consultant Landscape Architect Gilmore D. Clarke and Parks Landscape Architect Janet Patt redesigned the park in a formal Beaux-Arts style, and a central flagpole inscribed with Duane Park’s history was added.
The 1999 plan, by Landscape Architect Signe Nielsen, replaced paved areas with planting to evoke the more pastoral 1887 design of the park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 40° 43.031′ N, 74° 0.563′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Duane Park (here, next to this marker); James Bogardus Viewing Garden (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Headquarters (about 400 feet away); James Bogardus Triangle (about 500 feet away); New York Mercantile Exchange (about 600 feet away); 31 Harrison Street (about 700 feet away); Icarus (about 700 feet away); Finn Square (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 11, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 11, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.