1899 Lindrooth Map of Lincoln Park, Chicago

This is a colorful map of Lincoln Park in Chicago by J. H. Lindrooth. Lindrooth was a civil engineer and surveyor and was hired to compile this map for the Report of the Commissioners and a History of Lincoln Park, published in Chicago, 1899, by I. J. Bryan.

Once a small public cemetery, the area of Lincoln Park was born out of the public’s demand for the conversion of the cemetery to parkland in the late 1850s. By 1860, the city had reserved a 60-acre section of land for Lake Park. Shortly after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865, the park was renamed in his honor. The city allocated $10,000 for improvements, and nurseryman Swain Nelson created and implemented the park's first plan. J. H. Lindrooth was deeply involved with the planning and construction of Lincoln Park, Chicago from about 1869 onwards.

By the time of this map’s publication, Lincoln Park was the largest park in Chicago. Spanning from Diversity Boulevard to Burton Place and from North Clark Street to Lake Michigan, this map lists an impressive 49 sites throughout the park, ranging from monuments, to buildings, to baseball grounds, tunnels, animal houses, bridges, and gardens.


Very good condition. Slight centerfold discoloration, otherwise paper is healthy. No signs of foxing or tears. Original hand color still intact and vibrant. This map is artfully and archivally presented in a custom-built wooden frame, with a dark green linen top map, and dark wooden spandrel. Framed dimensions: 19 1/4" H x 33 1/2" W x 1 1/2" D. 

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