Olmsted Parks and Landscapes in Holyoke

My special topic for 2022 is Olmsted Parks in Holyoke. There are three Olmsted Parks left in Holyoke namely Jones Point, Springdale Park, and Pulaski Park. These were all at some point designed by the Olmsted Brothers. Jones Point was called Highland Park at first. Furthermore, there is a park that is not officially there anymore – Elmwood Park.

This special topic is in line with the 200th year anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted. Read about the celebration at this LINK.

Research of specific sites can be done at Olmsted Online.


Elmwood Parkplans

Pulaski Park

Springdale Park

Jones Point Park (City Park and Highland Park) – plans


William Whiting farmland

Wyckoff Parkplans

Saint Jerome’s Cemetery

City Beautiful Plan (for Holyoke)

City Plan (for Holyoke) – LOC


former ownercurrent locationmapinternal linkLOC linkOlmsted plans
Albert Steiger170 Mountain ViewmaplinkLOC linkOlmsted plans
Joseph Towne175 Linden StreetmaplinkLOC linkOlmsted plans
Joseph B Woodruff15 Howard StreetmaplinkLOC linkOlmsted plans
William Prentiss1421 to 1425 Northampton StreetmaplinkLOC linkOlmsted plans
George Prentiss15 Carol LanemaplinkLOC linkOlmsted plans
William Skinner1155 Northampton StreetmaplinkLOC linkOlmsted plans
James Wakelin1067 Northampton StreetmaplinkLOC linkOlmsted plans
Lewis Wyckoff1040 Northampton StreetmaplinkLOC linkOlmsted plans
Edward Twing 192362 Central Park DrivemaplinkLOC linkOlmsted plans
Edward Twing 1925198 or 208 Central Park DrivemaplinkLOC linkOlmsted plans
Edward Towne1021 Northampton StreetmaplinkLOC linkOlmsted plans

Olmsted Brothers quote about the Holyoke canals:

The broad canals running through the heart of the manufacturing district form one of the most interesting and characteristic features of the city plan.  They occupy a good deal of space and it is obviously desirable to secure as an incident to their main use … as large a return as possible in the way of public enjoyment.