Writing with Light

A Short History Lesson of Bethesda Terrace

Here’s another shot of Bethesda Terrace (I hope you enjoyed my first one. You can find it here) I wanted to give you a little history of this wonderful hidden gem in the big city.

The terrace was one of the first structures to be built-in Central Park which construction starting in 1859 and continuing through the civil war. It was completed in 1863. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The designers wanted to create a place where people could enjoy nature as well as hold social gatherings. It was to be “a place to see and be seen while mingling with like-minded people,”  while escaping the stress of city life.

There is an upper and lower terrace which are connected by a two grand staircases and a smaller staircase that leads to “the Mall and Bethesda Fountain.”

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Click on the image to enlarge (it really does look better) or to Purchase a print.

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18 responses

  1. Beautiful! Have you a good week.

    Liked by 1 person

    July 18, 2016 at 2:14 am

  2. A grand design. Love that second shot.

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    July 18, 2016 at 6:53 am

  3. It’s a magical place. It can be photographed so many ways. Great captures Edith!

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    July 18, 2016 at 9:31 am

    • Thank you Sherry. You’re so right. I have so many shots I’m trying to decide what to post.


      July 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm

  4. It really is a wonderful structure and beautifully photographed Edith!

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    July 18, 2016 at 10:56 am

  5. What a truly beautiful design here, Edith.
    An architectural masterpiece for sure, and how fortunate you were to be able to photograph it.
    Thank you for sharing here!

    Liked by 1 person

    July 18, 2016 at 10:59 am

  6. LB

    Thank you for the history. I’ve already told the “Monochromia” photographers who are meeting in NYC in October that I want to visit this place.

    Liked by 1 person

    July 22, 2016 at 7:21 pm

  7. Beautiful photos and an amazing place! Definitely a place I would want to visit!


    August 12, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    • Thank you. It is a beautiful country and Tel Aviv is one of the best cities in the world.

      Liked by 1 person

      August 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    • Thank you again for your visit and comment. I have to apologize I misread my comments header and thought you were commenting on my Tel Aviv image. You’re right though NYC is an amazing city.


      August 13, 2016 at 4:06 pm

  8. The terrace image in Central park was worth the early start to your day.
    Good work braving the rats to get the perfect shot.


    August 19, 2016 at 8:42 pm

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