Unbuilt New York: Central Park Gates

Central Park Gates
Richard Morris Hunt’s 1863 plan for Central Park gates

Around the same time Egbert Ludovicus designed his “Arcade Railway“, architect Richard Morris Hunt, fresh of a tour in Bonapartist France, took part in a competition to dress up the entrances of New York’s Central Park along 59th Street, which is where the avenues meet the park.

His designs were a little over-the-top for park architect Calvert Vaux, who rejected Hunt’s plans ornamental arches and statues as “Napoleon III in disguise all over again.”

Hunt would later design the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as many Fifth Avenue estates that were demolished in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century to make room for skyscrapers.

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