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This richly illustrated collection profiles the bold innovators in landscape architecture who, around the turn of the twentieth century, ventured into the nation's heartland to develop a new style of design celebrating the native midwestern landscape.
The pioneers of landscape architecture in the Midwest are responsible for creating some of the most recognizable parks, cemeteries, recreation areas, and other public gathering places in the region. Midwestern Landscape Architecture includes essays on Adolph Strauch, who introduced a new concept of visually integrated landscape treatment in Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery; William Le Baron Jenney, designer of Chicago's diverse West Parks; and Jens Jensen, who created the American Garden in Union Park in Chicago. Other major figures include Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., whose work in the Midwest included the layout of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, and Ossian Cole Simonds, who helped reconcile the formal approach of the City Beautiful movement with the naturalism of the Prairie School in urban park design.
This volume also details the contributions of crusaders for ecological awareness and an appreciation of the region's natural heritage. These include horticultural writer Wilhelm Miller and landscape architect and conservationist Genevieve Gillette.
|Introduction : shaping America's heartland||1|
|1||Adolph Strauch : Cincinnati and the legacy of Spring Grove Cemetery||5|
|2||Horace Cleveland : the Chicago years||25|
|3||Frederick Law Olmsted : designing for democracy in the Midwest||41|
|4||William Le Baron Jenney and Chicago's west parks : from prairie to pleasure-grounds||57|
|5||Ossian Cole Simonds : conservation ethic in the prairie style||80|
|6||George Edward Kessler : landscape architect of the American renaissance||99|
|7||Jens Jensen : the landscape architect as conservationist||117|
|8||Warren H. Manning and his Minnesota clients : developing a national practice in a landscape of resources, 1898-1919||142|
|9||The Olmsted brothers in the Midwest : naturalism, formalism, and the City Beautiful movement||159|
|10||Wilhelm Miller : prairie spirit in landscape gardening||174|
|11||Elbert Peets : history as precedent in midwestern landscape design||193|
|12||Genevieve Gillette : from thrift gardens to national parks||215|
|13||Annette Hoyt Flanders : from Beaux arts to modernism||231|