Three Urban Parks of Alfred Caldwell

Alfred Caldwell's park at Lake Point Tower

Alfred Caldwell's park at Lake Point Tower, Chicago

Lake Point Tower residents admire Alfred Caldwell’s 2 ½ acre Skyline Park, sitting on the roof of their parking garage, three floors above the street.

Many Midwesterners have also visited his Lily Pond in Lincoln Park, shown below, or his Promontory Point in Hyde Park—the more widely-known Caldwell beauties in Chicago.

Alfred Caldwell's Lily Pond in Lincoln Park

Alfred Caldwell's Lily Pond in Lincoln Park --- http://www.flickr.com/photos/67166696@N00/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

I recently made a trip to the charming, old town of Galena IL.  While there, I crossed the Mississippi to Dubuque to inspect another stunning Caldwell park at Eagle Point.   It sits on a high bluff with views of tugboats and barges passing through the narrow locks directly below.

The park has a beautiful lily pool, stream, waterfall, several council rings with echo those at Lake Point Tower.

Alfred Caldwell's Eagle Point Park, Dubuque IA

Me at Alfred Caldwell's Eagle Point Park, Dubuque IA

As I explore these Caldwell parks, I sense his affection for the Midwest landscape of prairie plantings and limestone.  Now I appreciate Caldwell’s genius in creating wooded retreats amidst an urban backdrop.

Have you visited a Caldwell park? Did you come away refreshed?

4 Comments »

  1. rockwell said

    GREAT WORK, PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. tom said

    Don’t forget Jacob Riis Park, Caldwell’s restored lagoon is at the southwestern corner of it. It’s at Fullerton and Narragansett.

    • garydwilson said

      It’s good to be reminded of such grand things, Tom. Thanks for the addition.

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