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hare & hare coverHare & Hare, Landscape Architects and City Planners

Carol Grove and Cydney Millstein

University of Georgia Press in association with LALH

Cloth $39.95
ISBN 978-0-8203-5481-1

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Tel. 1-800-848-6224

A volume in the series Critical Perspectives in the History of Environmental Design

 

When Sidney J. Hare (1860–1938) and S. Herbert Hare (1888–1960) launched their Kansas City firm in 1910, they founded what would become the most influential landscape architecture and planning practice in the Midwest. Over time, their work became increasingly far-ranging, both in its geographical scope and project types. Between 1924 and 1955, Hare & Hare commissions included fifty-four cemeteries in fifteen states; numerous city and state parks (seventeen in Missouri alone); more than fifteen subdivisions in Salt Lake City; the Denver neighborhood of Belcaro Park; the picturesque grounds of the Christian Science Sanatorium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; and the University of Texas at Austin among fifty-one college and university campuses.

In their forthcoming book, Carol Grove and Cydney Millstein document the extraordinary achievements of this little-known firm and weave them into a narrative that spans the birth of the late nineteenth-century “modern cemetery movement” to midcentury modernism. Through the figures of Sidney, a “homespun” amateur geologist who built a rustic family retreat called Harecliff, and his son Herbert, an urbane Harvard-trained landscape architect who traveled Europe and lived in a modern apartment building, Grove and Millstein chronicle the growth of the field from its amorphous Victorian beginnings to its coalescence as a profession during the first half of the twentieth century. Hare & Hare, Landscape Architects and City Planners provides a unique and valuable parallel to studies of prominent East and West Coast landscape architecture firms—one that expands the reader’s understanding of the history of American landscape architecture practice.

CAROL GROVE, adjunct assistant professor of American art, University of Missouri–Columbia, is author of Henry Shaw’s Victorian Landscapes: The Missouri Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park (LALH, 2005).

CYDNEY MILLSTEIN, founder and principal of Architectural & Historical Research in Kansas City, is coauthor, with Carol Grove, of Houses of Missouri, 1870–1940.

“The authors, Carol Grove and Cydney Millstein, have mined an impressive array of period sources, published and archival, to provide a detailed, meticulously researched account of their subject. This book should be welcomed by all historians of landscape architecture in the United States and also by many historians of planning and urbanism more broadly, as well as practitioners who understand how history can inform the future.”

—Richard Longstreth, Professor, George Washington University