Laurie D. Cox - Career - Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture

Cox was one of the leading landscape architects in the United States. Following his studies at Harvard, Cox worked for four years with the Los Angeles Parks Department. While working there, he designed the exterior landscapes of both the Lincoln Park and Griffith Park, and called for the creation of a city parkway that would "add to the health and happiness of its citizens." His plan was only partially implemented.

With funded from John D. Rockefeller, in 1915, Cox performed the first census of trees in New York City. In his report, A Street Tree System for New York City, Borough of Manhattan, Cox found that most street trees in Manhattan to be in poor condition. One of his recommendations was to plant 200 trees per square mile on the island.

Cox advocated for a new kind of park in the U.S. National Park system that balanced the desire for recreation and preservation. In 1934, Cox surveyed Vermont's Green Mountains with the intent of creating a national park in the state. Cox's vision of the Green Mountain Parkway (later Green Mountain National Forest) included moving parts of Vermont's Long Trail to allow the trail and the park intersect. Cox's vision also included a concept of a "skyline" drive. Revolutionary at the time, Cox recognized the changing American culture and the automobile and included many "windshield" views throughout the 240 miles (390 km) park length.

In 1929, the Administration Building at Green Lakes State Park was built according to plans by Cox, who was active in the design of several New York state parks.

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