Survey of Modern Gardens, Part 3:
Mid-Century Public Spaces

The very nature of a garden is to change.

Since the very nature of a garden is to change, it is difficult for gardens to retain the original look and feel that their designers had in mind. Time and weather may change them, but here’s some beautiful public gardens that were photographed in their mid-century heyday, as well as a few that have retained their modernist aesthetics across the decades.

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Gardens of Pedregal in Mexico City by Luis Barragan, 1952. Photo courtesy of Una Vida Moderna.

Mid-Century Park Designs

Gardens of Pedregal in Mexico City by Luis Barragan, 1952. Photo courtesy of Una Vida Moderna.

Mid-Century Park

Art Institute of Chicago’s south garden, designed by Dan Kiley in 1962.

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Bellevue Park in Cincinnati, designed by R. Carl Freund in 1955. Photo courtesy of DESY Photo Werks.

Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Museum of California gardens, designed by Dan Kiley in 1969. Photo courtesy of Architravel.

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Oakland Museum of California gardens, designed by Dan Kiley in 1969. Photo courtesy of Architravel.

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Art Institute of Chicago’s south garden, designed by Dan Kiley in 1962.

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Capitol Towers Gardens in Sacramento, designed by Lawrence Halprin in 1959. Photo courtesy of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Shofosu Garden in Philadelphia

Shofosu Garden in Philadelphia, designed by Junzo Yoshimura in 1958. Photo courtesy of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia.

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Shofosu Garden in Philadelphia, designed by Junzo Yoshimura in 1958. Photo courtesy of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia.

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