The Olmsted legacy How Frederick Law Olmsted and his firm shaped the North American landscape

Cultural Landscape Foundation

Book - 2022

"The year 2022 will mark the bicentennial of the birth of Olmsted; a national celebration is being planned by several organizations. This book celebrates 200 of the more than 6,000 landscapes that he and his successors created, many of which are extant, kept up, open to the public, and beloved as major cultural sites. Olmsted designed many of America's most beloved parks and landscapes during his remarkable 40-year career, including New York's Central and Prospect Parks; the Biltm...ore Estate in Asheville, NC; and the US Capitol grounds. His full portfolio spans urban park systems, scenic reservations, national and state parks, planned communities, institutional grounds, and academic campuses. These span 45 states and Canada, and this book celebrates 200 of the most significant with short essays and photos (contemporary as well as archival)"--

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Genres
Biographies
History
Published
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press 2022.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
pages cm
ISBN
9781643260365
1643260367
Corporate Author
Cultural Landscape Foundation (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Birnbaum, Levee, and Tasse-Winter, members of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, celebrate in this gorgeous tome the 200th birthday of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Birnbaum writes in the introduction that "the Olmsted firm literally shaped the nation from coast to coast," a position bolstered by the survey that follows. In New York City, there's Central Park, where Olmsted's career began, as well as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which captures the firm's "vision of the pastoral." Washington, D.C., boasts his work on the White House grounds; Torrington, Conn., features the Hillside cemetery, which has a "verdant tranquility"; Asheville, N.C., is home to the Vanderbilts' Biltmore estate; and the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial in Gatlinburg, Tenn., was never fully completed but still met its goal to "provide views on both sides of the notch." Abundant photographs, both vintage and contemporary, come alongside fascinating blueprints, drawings, and maps. The authors make a strong case for just how influential Olmsted's firm was, as he created and promoted "the comprehensive park system... parkways... and performative, ecologically driven design." The result is a beautiful look at how some landmarks came to be. (Aug.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The year 2022 will mark the bicentennial of the birth of Olmsted; a national celebration is being planned by several organizations. This book celebrates 200 of the more than 6,000 landscapes that he and his successors created, many of which are extant, kept up, open to the public, and beloved as major cultural sites. Olmsted designed many of America's most beloved parks and landscapes during his remarkable 40-year career, including New York's Central and Prospect Parks; the Biltmore Estate in Asheville,NC; and the US Capitol grounds. His full portfolio spans urban park systems, scenic reservations, national and state parks, planned communities, institutional grounds, and academic campuses. These span 45 states and Canada, and this book celebrates 200 of the most significant with short essays and photos (contemporary as well as archival)"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

This celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of the father of American landscape architecture highlights 200 iconic landscapes created by him and his followers, including New York’s Central and Prospect Parks and the U.S. Capitol Grounds. 6,000 first printing. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

200 Iconic Landscapes That Define North America  Frederick Law Olmsted is the father of American landscape architecture. His firm, and the successor firms that sprung from it, worked through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to shape some of our most beloved green spaces, including national, state, and city parks, suburban neighborhoods, and academic campuses. He is most famous for creating New York’s Central and Prospect Parks, Stanford University’s campus, and the Capitol Grounds. What is less known and surprising about his legacy is that he worked widely across North America.  By highlighting 200 iconic landscapes, many of which are still open to the public today, Experiencing Olmsted brings a fresh approach to the firms’ work and philosophy. It highlights not only grand city parks, but also other public venues born out of a desire for social equity. Olmsted was an early voice for parks as democratic spaces that could be reached on foot by a large percentage of any city’s populace. He viewed parks as restorative places—what he termed “the lungs of a city.” Brimming with contemporary and archival photography as well as original drawings and plans, this truly remarkable record brings these places to vivid life. 

Review by Publisher Summary 4

2022 is the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted. In celebration of this, Experiencing Olmsted highlights 200 of the iconic landscapes created by him and his successors, many of which are open to the public and beloved as major cultural sites.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

200 Iconic Landscapes That Define North America  Frederick Law Olmsted is often described as the father of American landscape architecture. He, his firm, and the successor firms that sprung from it worked to shape our parks systems, our suburban neighborhoods, and most of our best beloved green spaces. Experiencing Olmsted explores 200 of those spaces, including New York’s Central and Prospect Parks, Stanford University’s campus, the United States Capitol Grounds, Druid Hills in Atlanta, Lake Park in Wisconsin, and many more. Readers will find contemporary and historical photography, original drawings and plans, and descriptions of each space that provide background on Olmsted’s most important contributions. 2022 is the bicentennial of Olmsted’s birth, and there is no better way to celebrate than the pages of this beautifully packaged, thoughtful exploration of the firm’s important legacy on North America’s landscape.