Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer update on Isham Park and "Six to Celebrate"

First an update on "Six to Celebrate" activities since our last post just before May 25th 2011.

As that post stated, the ceremony to celebrate Julia Isham Taylor's offer to New York City of land for Isham Park on May 25th 1911 was held at the Isham Memorial in the park exactly 100 years later, on Wednesday May 25th 2011.  Readings from news articles and writings related to Julia's gift were spoken by Isham Park gardeners and volunteers and a carrot cake with the outline of the shape of the first of what would later become six parcels of  land for the park were shared on a beautiful late spring day.
The first of the six parcels of land that make up Isham Park is shaped as shown above.

Earlier the same week in May, a Pratt graduate student in Historic Preservation who had offered to volunteer decided to organize a research effort for Volunteers for Isham Park on behalf of the Historic District Council's "Six to Celebrate" study for a potential Historic District for Inwood, Manhattan.  

She enlisted the assistance of five other graduate students in the same program to do basic building research for the project. An archeologist who resides in Inwood and had contacted us to volunteer contributed a portion of the research as well.  By the end of June, most of the built structures in the area had been surveyed, resulting in a custom database organized by block and lot number giving name of the building (if named), the date built, type of structure, style, and architect.  Many of these were accompanied by photographs which we now are in the process of associating with the entries.  This was a huge effort which is ongoing.  On behalf of Inwood and Volunteers for Isham Park, we thank these generous volunteers for their work on this important research tool for Inwood, Manhattan.
Last week, July 18th - 24th, as drought and high temperatures dominated in Isham Park the need for water in the park became undeniably obvious.  Great news about water for Isham Park is coming soon...

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