Downing Park Memorial
Newburgh, New York
Town of Newburgh
Matrix New World
Due to the sensitive nature of this project, design images will not be shown until the project is under construction.
Studio HIP is working with PUSH Studio to design a memorial park and reinterment area for human remains previously removed from what was known as the “Newburgh Colored Burial Ground,” now located around and under the City of Newburgh Court House.
Downing Park is a 35-acre landscape park located in the heart of the City of Newburgh. The park was named after Newburgh's native son Andrew Jackson Downing, eminent horticulturist and pioneer of the public park movement. Downing had advocated for the creation of Central Park, and he was designing the Mall in Washington, D.C., at the time of his accidental death at 38 in 1852. Downing recruited Calvert Vaux in 1850 from London and brought him to Newburgh, where the two ran an architectural practice until Downing's death. Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted had worked together for many years on Central Park and other projects when the City approached them about the park in Newburgh. In 1889, they agreed to the commission and offered to give the park design to the City if the park was named after their late mentor. Downing Park was the last collaborative effort by Olmsted and Vaux — as well as the only project that included both their sons, John Olmsted and Downing Vaux.