Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Public Parks

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Johns Hopkins University Press
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11.2 X 11.1 X 1.4 inches | 5.2 pounds

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About the Author

Charles E. Beveridge (ALEXANDRIA, VA) is the leading Olmsted authority in the country and the series editor of The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted. Lauren Meier (BELMONT, MA) is a landscape preservationist and a coeditor of The Master List of Design Projects of the Olmsted Firm, 1857-1979. Irene Mills (SPRINGFIELD, VA) is a landscape designer. Beveridge, Meier, and Mills are the coeditors of Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Communities and Private Estates.


"Anyone interested in the fields of landscape design would surely want this book as a reference or simply as a celebration of the first and foremost American landscape architect."

--Garden Design Online

"Peer into the mind of the nation's most prolific park maker with this book, which showcases more than 70 public spaces designed by Frederick Law Olmsted... Plans and Views of Public Parks is a visual compendium of Olmsted's work, taking readers on a visual tour through some of America's most significant public landscapes."

--Eryn Carlson "Boston Globe "

"Enlightening and lavishly illustrated... Whether your interest is in Olmsted and his work, landscape architecture in general, the development of nature-based recreation, or American history, Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Public Parks can provide a substantial expansion and deepening of your thoughts in your area of interest, as well as help connect it to other related (and perhaps even previously unconsidered) areas of study."

--Well-read Naturalist

"A welcome addition to Olmsted scholarship and an excellent companion to the series documenting his extensive papers."

--Library Journal

"A treasure trove of visual materials, with surprises for even the Olmstedian aficionado."

--Landscape Architecture Magazine

"Beveridge, the preeminent Olmsted scholar... gathers in a sumptuous, gorgeous volume of the designs that defined what made many American cities great, and livable."

--Harvard Magazine

"These visual documents will generate historical evidence and interpretive questions alike, surely the mark of an important contribution."

--New England Quarterly

"Had Olmsted never existed, someone else surely would have applied the moral force of this ethic to landscape design, making parks the vehicle of social reform. But it is inconceivable that anyone else would have had the same deep cistern of human sympathy to drawn on."

--First Things