National Park Service Highlights NR Nomination by Fly/Hunt

Entrance Court Gate #3 at Buffalo Zoo, John E. Brent, Landscape Architect & Architect
Entrance Court Gate #3 at Buffalo Zoo, John E. Brent, Landscape Architect & Architect

The National Park Service (NPS) website features the National Register (NR) listing of the Entrance Court at the Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo New York.  The Entrance Court was designed by pioneer African American architect and Landscape Architect John Edmonston Brent (1889 – 1962).  Ellen P. Hunt/AIA collaborated with me to research, interpret and produce the successful NR nomination. The key to the project methodology was being aware of “context” in every aspect.  Before we began the project we were aware of the deep significance and national legacies of Frederick Law Olmsted; twenty three Colored Y.M.C.A.’s built across America; Dr. Booker T. Washington; Tuskegee Institute; and Mr. Julius Rosenwald.  Once we were introduced to Mr. Brent’s association with the Buffalo Colored Y.M.C.A. we were immediately able to identify leads to other aspects of his work and civic life.

 

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