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Ossian C. Simonds(1855-1931) was at the forefront of a new kind of landscape architecture.Appreciating the scenes as nature presented them he turned aside from theformal, clipped and contrived design of public parks and gardens that had beenborrowed from the royal gardens of Europe andpopularized the idea of simplicity and natural beauty. In addition to work onmany of Chicago's most importantgreen spaces including Graceland Cemetery, Lincoln Park, and the popular MortonArboretum he took a stretch of logged-over Lake Michigan shore and created thestill-remarkable Pier Cove Ravine. One of the items unearthed by descendantsbut not used in the 1998 exhibit "Heroes,Rogues and Just Plain Folks" isthe above quotation and presentation.