Midwestern Landscape Architecture / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Practicing and academic landscape architects profile 13 of their colleagues from early in the 20th century who ventured into the US heartland to develop a style of design celebrating the native midwestern landscape. They were responsible for creating parks, cemeteries, recreation areas, and other public gathering places as well as private buildings for the wealthy. As in many such treatments, Olmstead's works get two chapters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252072147
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 9/20/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
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
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