Jacob Weidenmann: Pioneer Landscape Architect

Jacob Weidenmann: Pioneer Landscape Architect

by Rudy J. Favretti

The first full biography of a groundbreaking landscape architectSee more details below


The first full biography of a groundbreaking landscape architect

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Swiss-born landscape architect Jacob Weidenmann (1829-93) was not well known during his lifetime, and little of his work has survived. Thanks to Favretti (landscape architecture, emeritus, Univ. of Connecticut), however, this key proponent of the rural cemetery movement in America is finally getting recognized. Apparently the first person to train in all aspects of landscape architecture as it evolved from landscape gardening, Weidenmann studied architecture, building, engineering, fine arts, and horticulture in Germany before immigrating to and practicing in the United States. He eventually became an associate of Frederick Law Olmsted, designing many projects on the American landscape architect's behalf. Though Weidenmann made some poor business decisions in his own practice, he influenced the landscapes of various American cities and suburbs during the late 19th century. Favretti's biography is illustrated with some of Weidenmann's site plans and renderings, plus a few photographs (32 b&w, 24 color). A thorough study recommended for academic libraries supporting landscape architecture programs.
—David R. Conn

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Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation distributed by Wesleyan University Press
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Charles E. Beveridge
“Professor Favretti has given substance and significance to Jacob Weidenmann—one of the small group that Frederick Law Olmsted considered prime practitioners of his art, and the person who was his valued collaborator during a full decade of practice.”
Wendell Garrett
“Written with clarity and intelligence, Favretti’s deeply informed and lavishly illustrated volume is utterly fascinating. This wonderfully textured portrait of Weidenmann is a book that every student of landscape architecture needs to read. An absolute gem.”

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