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National Register of Historic Places Program:
Landscape Architecture Month - Showcase
Taconic State Parkway

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

 

National Register coordinators were invited to submit images of designed landscaes listed in the National Register that they think are among the best in their state.

Taconic State Parkway

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Photographs courtesy of New York State Historic Preservation Office and HABS/LOC

 

Taconic State Parkway

Historic image
Photograph courtesy of New York State Historic Preservation Office and HABS/LOC

Taconic State Parkway

Gallatin, New York

Reference Number:05001398

 More photographs available from the Historic American Building Survey collection in the Library of Congress

The Taconic State Parkway (TSP) is significant under criterion A in the areas of recreation, transportation and regional planning for its association with the history of the New York State park and parkway system During the first years of the twentieth century, New York State developed a plan for a comprehensive system of parks and parkways that was unparo.lleled in the nation. Published in 1922 (rev. 1924), A State Park Plan for New York was one of first comprehensive state park plans in the country. Although the idea for creating state park systems had been introduced elsewhere as early as 1909, New York was the first state to develop a detailed park planning philosophy, a comprehensive plan, and an administrative structure to carry it out. Drawing on state and ruttional trends in conservation, recreation, and social welfare, the state park plan addressed the location of parks in relation to population and scenic features, the land that wa..o; most available and/or endangered, and the best uses of different types of land. The plan called for the logical division of the state into regions and the establishment of parks based on the connections that could be establislted between major population centers and outstanding scenic features. One of the roost important issues facing park planners was providing access to parks, especially as new demographic patterns pushed parks and patrons further apart. Addressing this aspect of twentieth-century life, A State Park Plan co.lled for the development of a comprehensive system of state parks connected to urban areas and to each other by scenic parkways, boulevards and improved highways. By conceiving a plan based on movement, park planners embraced the country's innninent transition to an automobile-based society. Following passage of a fifteen million dollar state park borxi in 1924, the State Council of Parks (SCP) was created a..10 an advisory board within the New York State Conservation Connnission (later NYS Conservation Department) and charged with establishing state parks policy and coordinating development of the statewide system

 

More information on the Taconic Parkway available on the New York State Historic Preservation Office website
NY SHPO database / NY SHPO homepage
(links to sites outside of the National Park Service)