And once formidable and impressive institutions became part of the Fens landscape, the park was redesigned to reflect this new relationship. (The charge was also in large part a response to the changed water level once the Charles River Dam was constructed in 1910).

Most significantly, the boundaries of the park were reconfigured to accommodate Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. And the Muddy River, designed by Olmsted as a figure around which the park was designed, was objectified as a lagoon on axis with the MFA. This change was significant. No longer was the landscape the primary content of the park. The park became more a collection of introduced content in the forms of various gardens, objects, and spaces.
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