Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing the American Landscape / Edition 1

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Edited and designed by David Larkin

A man of passionate vision and drive, Frederick Law Olmsted defined and named the profession of landscape architecture and designed America's most beloved parks and landscapes of the past century--New York's Central Park, Brooklyn's Prospect Park, the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Biltmore Estate, and many others. During a remarkable forty-year career that began in the mid-1800s, Olmsted created the first park systems, urban greenways, and suburban residential communities in this country. He was a pivotal figure in the movement to create and preserve natural parks such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Niagara Falls; and he contributed to the design of many academic campuses, including Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Today there is a resurgence of interest in Olmsted's work and legacy in both the United States and Europe. This timely volume, following the format of Rizzoli's successful Masterworks series, presents the breadth of Olmsted's work in expansive, beautiful color photographs by Paul Rocheleau, who conceived this book. The engaging text illuminates Olmsted's role as an indefatigable administrator and social reformer, a man who slept a scant few hours each night and rallied around causes ranging from anti-slavery to sanitary regulation. Olmsted's career refelected a deep concern for fostering community and using the restorative effects of natural scenery to counteract the debilitating forces of the modern city. 'Olmsted's goal was to help create an American society where all people had the qualities of gentility,' writes author Beveridge, an eminent Olmsted scholar.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789302281
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Universe Architecture Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 8
Ch. 1 The Years of Preparation 10
Ch. 2 The Art of Landscape Design 32
Ch. 3 Parks and Park Systems 46
Central Park, New York
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
The Chicago South Park
Mount Royal, Montreal
Belle Isle, Detroit
The Front, Parade and Delaware Park, Buffalo
The Back Bay Fens, Riverway, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park, Boston
Genesee Valley, Seneca and Highland Parks, Rochester, New York Shawnee, Iroquois and Cherokee Parks, Louisville, Kentucky
Ch. 4 Residential Communities 116
Riverside, Illinois
Sudbrook, Maryland
Druid Hills, Atlanta
Ch. 5 Academic Campuses and Residential Institutions 126
Lawrenceville School, New Jersey
Stanford University, California
Hartford Retreat Buffalo State Asylum
McLean Asylum
Ch. 6 Designing for Domesticity 136
Fairsted, Brookline, Massachusetts
Moraine Farm, Beverly, Massachusetts
Ch. 7 The Collaboration with H. H. Richardson 175
Oakes Ames Memorial Hall and Civil War Memorial Cairn, North Easton, Massachusetts
Langwater Estate, North Easton, Massachusetts
Ephraim Gurney Estate, Beverly Farms, Massachusetts
Robert Treat Paine Estate, Waltham, Massachusetts
Boylston Street Bridge, Boston
Boston & Albany Railroad Stations
Ch. 8 The United States Capitol Grounds 188
Ch. 9 Scenic Preservation 200
Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove
Niagara Reservation
Ch. 10 Landscape Architecture for the Semiarid American West 216
Public Pleasure Grounds for San Francisco
Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland
The College of California, Berkeley
Stanford University, Palo Alto
Lake Wauconda, Perry Park, Colorado
Ch. 11 Biltmore Estate 225
Ch. 12 The Ongoing Legacy 258
Public Park Systems: Seattle, Washington
Scenic Reservations: Point Lobos, California
Notes 274
Acknowledgments 276
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