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Frederick Law Olmsted and the Boston Park System
     

Frederick Law Olmsted and the Boston Park System

by Cynthia Zaitzevsky
 

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Whether flying a kite in Franklin Park, gardening in the Fens, or jogging along the Riverway, today's Bostonians are greatly indebted to the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted. America's premier landscape architect, Olmsted designed New York's Central Park and Boston's "emerald necklace." His invigorating influence shapes the city to this day, despite the encroachment of

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Whether flying a kite in Franklin Park, gardening in the Fens, or jogging along the Riverway, today's Bostonians are greatly indebted to the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted. America's premier landscape architect, Olmsted designed New York's Central Park and Boston's "emerald necklace." His invigorating influence shapes the city to this day, despite the encroachment of highways and urban sprawl. Zaitzevsky's book is the first of its kind: a richly detailed, fully illustrated account of the design and construction of Olmsted's Boston parks.

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Boston Globe - Robert Campbell
Cynthia Zaitzevsky's book tells the story of a park system that was once perhaps the finest in the nation. This is a model of what such a book should be. It's full of scholarly history, yet readable and fresh, filled with illuminating maps and plans and with achingly lovely period photographs of the magical places Olmsted created out of what had previously been, so often, dreary wastelands.
New England Quarterly - Thomas O'Connor
[Zaitzevsky] has provided a comprehensive and thoroughly absorbing account of the famous park system Olmsted developed for Boston,...handsomely designed and thoughtfully organized.
Design Book Review - Martha Ondras
Cynthia Zaitzevsky's timely, handsome and authoritative book provides the first detailed description of the Olmsted firm's 'Boston work,' and demonstrates with a wealth of archival material the extraordinary originality and vitality of Olmsted's design solutions.
Landscape Journal - Albert Fein
One of the many merits of this clearly written, carefully documented, and handsomely illustrated monograph is that it represents a significant contribution to the relatively recent growth of two interrelated specializations: the historiography of landscape architecture and the practice of preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of historically-significant landscapes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674318304
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
12/31/1982
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
11.02(w) x 11.65(h) x (d)

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