"Democrats favored the formal European approach while Republicans opted for the picturesque English style."
from a discussion of the highly politicized process of selecting a design for Central Park, as described in Witold Rybczynski's "A Clearing In The Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century".
Ah, for a time when political parties argued over preferred landscape styles....
And the outcome?
"The six Republicans, together with the reform Democrat Andrew Green, all cast their votes for the same project: Greensward.
Vaux and Olmsted had won."
[vintage postcard images of Central Park from my files; original source unknown]