Olmsted, Frederick Law 1822-1903

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Olmsted was a landscape architect, educated at private schools and a special student at Yale College. He had seven year's farming experience. He took several trips abroad studying many parks and private estates. He became Superintendent and Landscape Architect for Central Park in association with a young English architect who had been associated with Andrew Downing.

Becoming associated with various other partners, his principal works were the parks of Brooklyn, Buffalo, Chicago (South Park), Milwaukee, Rochester, Louisville, Boston, Detroit and many other cities and towns. He also was architect for the United States Capitol grounds at Washington; World's Fair at Chicago; and the great Biltmore Estate of George W. Vanderbilt, just outside Asheville, North Carolina.

He did a large amount of technical writing and was associated with many architects, engineers, landscape architects, landscape gardeners in an advisory way. He was particularly interested in the naturalistic style of planting and was the originator of the extreme use of shrubbery borders and masses as the main feature of landscape planting. His influence throughout the country has been exceedingly great.



Law Olmsted National Historic Site

Source: http://www.nps.gov/

Frederick Law Olmsted resources

Source: http://www.newbedford.com/nbprojects.html

History: Frederick Law Olmsted, Landscape Architect

Source: http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/