(***Program Changed***) Beauty Spots: The deeper story behind Midwestern small town parks

Frank Edgerton Martin
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

This talk will explore how, after the Civil War, many Minnesota towns created picturesque parks that gave a town distinctive character — a central square, a riverbank recreation area or a picturesque streamside retreat complete with rustic wooden bridges. Far away from larger cities, Minnesota’s small towns staked a claim to settlement with remarkable works of landscape architecture and design. But their founders never fully understood the native cultures that came before them — people with a different sense of beauty and promise in the land.
Frank Edgerton Martin, MSLA, is a consulting writer for architecture and design firms and a historic landscape preservation planner.  He often works with architects and landscape architects in historic landscape preservation projects. He is a contributing writer to the Star Tribune "Streetscapes" series, which runs each Saturday.