Central Park’s Historic Sheep Meadow

Published March 28, 2012
Updated March 14, 2016

Sheep Meadow 1906 Central Park

This 1906 photograph presents a rather bucolic escape in the midst of a booming metropolis. Park designers Frederick Olmsted and Calvert Vaux sought the addition of sheep to enhance the romantic English atmosphere of the urban oasis. Today, however, the park’s denizens are primarily people.

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