"Just as the Grand Court was to be the architectural heart of the fair, so the central lagoon and Wooded Island were to constitute its landscape centerpiece."
— The Devil in the White City
The Wooded Island located in the Jackson Park lagoon is a lingering part of the design of the original fairgrounds. Frederick Law Olmsted wanted Wooded Island to be a sanctuary, a place for fair visitors to get away from the crowds for a brief respite. During the fair, Wooded Island included a Japanese temple and gardens. Today the beautiful Osaka Japanese Garden on Wooded Island commemorates that original fair garden.
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