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Lincoln Park Lily Pool

Chicago, Illinois
County of Cook.
Fullerton Drive, Between Cannon and Stockton Drives
National Register Number: 060002352
Resource type: District.
Property type: Landscape - park. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Certified Local Government: NO
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/custom.natureOasis06.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 17, 2006):
Designed by Alfred Caldwell (1903-1998), the Lily Pool is an exquisite hidden garden in Chicago’s 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 Jensen’s 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 nation’s most “outstanding prospect as a landscape gardener.” The Lily Pool clearly represents the fulfillment of Jensen’s prediction.

The NHL is in excellent condition, there is not threat at this time.

Lincoln Park Lily Pool was designated February 17, 2006.

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