June 28, 2017

“Cadwalader Park — An Olmsted Vision”

“SUNDAY IN THE PARK”: This painting by Graham Holmes is one of the works of art specific to Cadwalader Park that will be featured in “Cadwalader Park — An Olmsted Vision.” The exhibition runs from July 8 to September 17 at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion.

The Trenton Museum Society (TMS), along with the Cadwalader Park Alliance, presents “Cadwalader Park — An Olmsted Vision,” highlighting Cadwalader Park and its world-famous designer, Frederick Law Olmsted. Exhibitions on both floors of the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion will run from July 8 through September 17 with various complementary events, lectures, and tours. Frederick Law Olmsted is widely regarded as the father of landscape architecture in America.

Cadwalader Park has the distinction of being the only New Jersey park designed personally by Mr. Olmsted. While many other New Jersey parks and spaces were designed by the Olmsted firm in the years following the creation of Trenton’s largest park in 1890, Cadwalader is the only New Jersey park to be designed by Mr. Olmsted himself. Trenton is fortunate to possess one of these urban treasures which still preserves many of the landscape and spatial qualities of the original plan.

This summer, admirers of Cadwalader Park can visit Ellarslie Mansion to enjoy exhibits about the park and its designer. Visitors can view history exhibits in the second floor galleries depicting the life and works of Mr. Olmsted and the history of the park including vintage and contemporary photos, park memorabilia, and concepts from the 2000 plan for the restoration of Cadwalader Park. The first floor galleries display works of art specific to the park, contributed by contemporary artists and on loan from private collections.

A public opening will be held on Saturday, July 15 from 6-8 p.m., followed by Sunday Afternoon in Cadwalader Park with Barbara Trent on July 16 from noon-2 p.m. Subsequent lectures and park tours offered by both TMS and Park Alliance members as well as special guests will take place throughout the summer.

The exhibit will wind down in September with a lecture by Glenn R. Modica, author of Cadwalader Heights, the History of an Olmsted Neighborhood and, on September 16, TMS will host a plein air painting event throughout the park and the adjacent Olmsted-designed Cadwalader Heights neighborhood. These events are being held in conjunction with the Cadwalader Heights House Tour.

For more information, the exhibit, the events, and tour times, visit www.ellarslie.org, call (609) 989-3632, or email tms@ellarslie.org.