Architect adviser revealed for multimillion-dollar Jackson Park project

Staff Writer

A Chicago lawyer spearheading the redesign of Jackson Park revealed new details at a Thursday talk at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Patricia O’Donnell, principal at Vermont-based Heritage Landscapes LLC, will guide the redesign of Jackson Park in accordance with Frederick Law Olmsted’s original 1895 plan for the park, according to attorney Robert Karr Jr. Karr, of law firm Masuda Funai, is leading Project 120, a redesign of Jackson Park, complete with a planned $10 million visitors center.

O’Donnell’s previous work includes projects at New York City’s Prospect Park and Boston’s Emerald Necklace – also designed by Olmsted.

“We’ve hired the A-list,” Karr said in an interview Friday.

A team from Heritage Landscapes led by O’Donnell will collaborate with Project 120 and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — which is planning a restoration of the park — to draft a design plan for Jackson Park that Karr expects will be complete by July or August of this year.

“In order for there to be a success, this cooperation needs to occur, and it’s being coordinated by the Chicago Parks District,” Karr said.

Project 120’s cost is likely to change as the design process continues, according to Karr.


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