United States of America, Massachusetts, Suffolk County, Boston
The Riverway (Boston, Massachusetts)
Emerald Necklace (Boston, Massachusetts)
The Riverway is one of the sections of "The Parkway," Frederick Law Olmsted's grand design for a continuous green corridor (also known as the Emerald Necklace) running from the Charles River to Franklin Park. Following the course of the Muddy River from the Back Bay Fens, The Riverway was given its designation by a Boston Metropolitan Park Commissioners' 1887 vote as the area running from the Fens to upper Huntington Avenue and Leverett Pond. Construction of paths and bridges, grading, and planting of the section were substantially completed by 1895. The bulk of the images in this series were taken by Thomas W. Sears in 1907 and document both the Boston and Brookline sides of the river. The Emerald Necklace Conservancy spearheads contemporary efforts to preserve and restore The Riverway and other sections of "The Parkway" system.
Persons associated with the site include Frederick Law Olmsted (landscape architect, ca. 1880-1895).
The folders include worksheets, maps, photocopies of articles and book excerpts, and additional information.
Site has been featured in Frederick Law Olmsted, "The Metropolitan Park System of Boston," Transactions of The American Society of Landscape Architects From its Inception in 1899 to the End of 1908 (1912), pp. 56-65
Site has been featured in Norman T. Newton, Design on the Land: The Development of Landscape Architecture (Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), pp. 299-306, 597