South Park Commission

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The South Park Commission hired Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to design what was originally South Park and is now considered Jackson Park and Washington Park and the Midway Plaisance. Olmsted, who designed New York's Central Park, believed that parks should not only provide release from urban tensions but also serve as democratic places. His plan for Washington Park was largely realized. Jackson Park, however, had few improvements prior to its selection as site of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Olmsted worked with architect Daniel H. Burnham to transform the swampy area into the “White City.” After the fair, the site's conversion back to parkland followed a third Olmsted plan.