Wooded Island and Japanese Gardens

"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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