The Father of American Landscape Architecture

#OTD In 1822 on April 26th, visionary 19th-century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted was born.

He was born to a prosperous family in Hartford, Connecticut. Aside from his legacy as a landscape architect, Olmsted dedicated his entire life to social reform. In many ways, his designs for public spaces played an important role in his social work. His vision for Central Park was an ordered oasis for all of the city’s social classes; where everyone could come together and enjoy nature.

Dubbed the Nation's Foremost Park-maker, Olmsted designed Boston's Emerald Necklace, Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts and and Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

Considered the father of American landscape architecture, he situated his design firm in Brookline and named it Fairsted - a likely nod to his family's ancestral home in England.

In 1893 he helped design the Chicago World's Fair.

It was Frederick Law Olmsted who said,

“The enjoyment of scenery employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercises it; tranquilizes it and yet enlivens it.”

"The root of all my good work is an early respect for, regard and enjoyment of scenery."


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Frederick Law Olmsted
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