Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 17, 2006):
Designed by Alfred Caldwell (1903-1998), the Lily Pool is an exquisite hidden garden in Chicagos Lincoln Park that symbolically celebrates the natural and pre-history of the Midwest. Considered the last great Prairie-style landscape architect of the 20th Century, Caldwell was a disciple of renowned landscape architect and conservationist Jens Jenson and an accomplished planner, architect, teacher, poet and essayist. In addition to Jensens influence on his life and work, Caldwell knew and was influenced by internationally acclaimed architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe and urban planner Ludwig Hilberseimer. In 1936, Jensen described Caldwell as the nations most outstanding prospect as a landscape gardener. The Lily Pool clearly represents the fulfillment of Jensens prediction.