Theodore Wirth and Chain of Lakes Interpretive Boards

The American Society of Landscape Architects Minnesota Chapter (ASLA-MN) is celebrating the legacy of Theodore Wirth this year. Expanding upon a vision originated by Horace Cleveland, Theodore Wirth labored for nearly 40 years to realize the extraordinary Minneapolis park system we enjoy today. He championed the cause of Minnesotais parks with a combination of lofty goals and the humble-though avant-garde belief that parks are for people. The results of his efforts changed not only the Twin Cities but the vision for parks in cities around the work. Look at any map of Minnesota and you will begin to appreciate the magnitude of his achievement. Recognizing that Every Map Has a Legend? this year ASLA-MN honors Theodore Wirth's legendary contribution.

The year-long theme is being celebrated in part by a traveling exhibit about Theodore Wirth and the Minneapolis park system.  Boards have been displayed at:

  • AIA-MN 2010 Convention
  • Marquette Building Lobby in Minneapolis
  • Walker Art Center northern lobby
  • 2011 Northern Green Expo 
  • HGA first floor gallery
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • College of Design, Rapson Hall
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Thank You

Many thanks to Brainstorm Overload for the design of these beautiful exhibit pieces and the multitude of hours spent assembling such a rich and comprehensive story. Learn more about Brainstorm Overload:


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