Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted (April 26, 1822 – August 28, 1903) was an American journalist, landscape designer and father of American landscape architecture. Frederick was famous for designing many well-known urban parks, including Central Park and Prospect Park in New York City. Other projects include the country’s oldest coordinated system of public parks and parkways in Buffalo, New York; the country’s oldest state park, the Niagara Reservation in Niagara Falls, New York; Mount Royal Park in Montreal in Canada; the Emerald Necklace in Boston, Massachusetts; the Belle Isle Park, in Detroit, Michigan; the Presque Isle Park in Marquette, Michigan; the Grand Necklace of Parks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Cherokee Park and entire parks and parkway system in Louisville, Kentucky; the Marquette Park in Chicago; Jackson Park, Washington Park, and the Midway Plaisance in Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition; the south portion of Chicago’s Boulevard ring (its ’emerald necklace’); the landscape surrounding the United States Capitol building; George Washington Vanderbilt II’s Biltmore Estate in Asheville; Stanford University near Palo Alto, California; and Montebello Park in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Academic campuses designed by Olmsted
Between 1857 and 1895, Olmsted designed numerous school and college campuses.

From 1895-1950, the Olmsted Brothers (his successors) added to some of their father’s initial projects, as well as designing new ones. (See their article for projects.) Together, these works totaled 355. Some of the most famous of Frederick Law Olmsted are listed here.

American University Main Campus, Washington, D.C.
Auburn University Main Campus, Auburn, AL
Berwick Academy, South Berwick, ME (1894)
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA (1885)
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (1867-73)
Denison University, Granville, Ohio
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey
Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. (1866)
Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts
Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey (1883-1901)
Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (1912)
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, Massachusetts
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon (1890ss)
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts (1891-1965)
Pomfret School, Pomfret, Connecticut
St. Albans School (Washington, DC)
Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, Connecticut
Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts (1891-1909)
St. Joseph Hill Academy, Staten Island, New York
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (1886-1914)
Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut (1872-94)
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California (1865)
University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri (1865-99)
Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (1874-81)

from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Law_Olmsted


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