The Olmsted National Historic Site and the Growth of Historic Landscape Preservation

The Olmsted National Historic Site and the Growth of Historic Landscape Preservation

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by David Grayson Allen
     
 

ISBN-10: 1555536794

ISBN-13: 9781555536794

Pub. Date: 11/30/2007

Publisher: Northeastern University Press

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the genius behind New York’s Central Park. In 1883 Olmsted established “Fairsted” in suburban Boston, the world’s first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. Over the course of the next century, his sons and

Overview

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the genius behind New York’s Central Park. In 1883 Olmsted established “Fairsted” in suburban Boston, the world’s first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. Over the course of the next century, his sons and successors sustained and expanded upon Olmsted’s design ideals, philosophy, and influence. His son, F. L. Olmsted, Jr., helped to lay the groundwork for the National Park Service in 1916.

David Grayson Allen chronicles the creation and development of the Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Massachusetts, which opened in 1979 after nearly a decade of struggle and controversy and now welcomes thousands of visitors and researchers every year. The Site’s history is emblematic of the evolving role that landscape architecture plays in modern American lives and reflects the stunning transformation that has taken place within the National Park Service itself within the last quarter century. Original, sophisticated, meticulously researched, and well-written, The Olmsted National Historic Site and the Growth of Historic Landscape Preservation will resonate with readers interested in historic preservation and landscape architecture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555536794
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations

American Landscape Architecture and the Establishment of the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
The Beginnings of the Olmsted National Historic Site
Waging the Battle Anew

Early Development of the Olmsted National Historic Site and New Interest in Landscape Preservation
Early Developments at the Olmsted Site
Olmsted as a Traditional National Historic Site
The Cultural Landscape Preservation Movement Within the National Park Service

Fulfilling the Potential of the Site
The Transformation of the Olmsted Collection
Site Changes and Developments
The Preservation of Historic Landscapes
Olmsted National Historic Site and the National Park Service

Appendixes
Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and the National Park Service Organic Act of 
List of Interviewees for the Administrative History of Olmsted National Historic Site

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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