This thesis if from 1988 and is about the history, evolution, and prospectus for change of the park, with each subject getting it’s own chapter. It was completed for a Master of Landscape Architecture degree, and although it might seem like this thesis focuses on the physicality of the park, as you read you soon find out that the physical and social aspects of the park are inseparable. This is therefore a clear mapping of how the park has physically changed and an enlightening on the social history of Greenwich Village for which each manifestation of the park was created. Shoenbaum concludes that it would be in the public’s best interest if the park were restored to its historic form modeled after the parade ground with widened pathways and more direct walkways. She also suggests that the fountain should be moved to align with 5th Avenue — as most of you this was done just last year. I enjoyed this thesis in light of the redesign currently happening to the park right now, and I’m interested to see how it will match up to Schoenbaum’s suggestions.
Schoenbaum, Laura Helene. Manhattan’s Washington Square Park: its history, evolution, and prospects for change. Cornell University: Thesis (M.L.A.), 1988.