Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing the American Landscape / Edition 1

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing the American Landscape / Edition 1

by Charles Beveridge
     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
09/28/2005
Series:
Universe Architecture Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Preface8
Ch. 1The Years of Preparation10
Ch. 2The Art of Landscape Design32
Ch. 3Parks and Park Systems46
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. 4Residential Communities116
Riverside, Illinois
Sudbrook, Maryland
Druid Hills, Atlanta
Ch. 5Academic Campuses and Residential Institutions126
Lawrenceville School, New Jersey
Stanford University, California
Hartford Retreat Buffalo State Asylum
McLean Asylum
Ch. 6Designing for Domesticity136
Fairsted, Brookline, Massachusetts
Moraine Farm, Beverly, Massachusetts
Ch. 7The Collaboration with H. H. Richardson175
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. 8The United States Capitol Grounds188
Ch. 9Scenic Preservation200
Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove
Niagara Reservation
Ch. 10Landscape Architecture for the Semiarid American West216
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. 11Biltmore Estate225
Ch. 12The Ongoing Legacy258
Public Park Systems: Seattle, Washington
Scenic Reservations: Point Lobos, California
Notes274
Acknowledgments276

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