Why We Should Thank Frederick Law Olmsted

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Many of our Favorite Parks Were Designed By Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects

Frederick Law Olmsted and Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects were the first landscape architects in America. Frederick Olmsted lived in the late 1800s and is responsible for creating Central Park in New York City, the grounds of the Capitol in Washington DC, and the first park system in Buffalo New York.Central Park NYC

My husband and I recently met our daughter at Sherwood Park in Baltimore. She was dog-sitting for the weekend. We walked through the lovely neighborhood of Guilford and through the 6-acre park designed by the Olmsted Brothers. In fact,

Frederick and John Olmsted created beautiful parks all across the country. From Florida to Massachusetts, Washington DC to Washington state, the Olmsted's made their beautiful mark. 

Here's a timeline from the Library of Congress showing when and where the Olmsted Brothers created beautiful parks. In a recent blog, I wrote about thankfulness. I'm thankful for the beauty created by Olmsted Brothers and will celebrate the Olmsted Bicentennial in 2022 

The Olmsted Brothers were the first urban planners, dedicated to making beautiful greenspace a part of a city.  

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Victoria Ray Henderson

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Comments (4)

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Gifted gentlemen to not only have a vision of what future generations would need and appreciate, but to also have the ability to create.  Mark

Nov 18, 2021 01:44 AM
Victoria Ray Henderson

Well said, Mark! These landscape architects were the first urban planners and believed in creating beautiful neighborhoods. Thanks for stopping by

Nov 18, 2021 08:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very interesting information to share.

Take care, be safe and enjoy the holiday season.

Nov 19, 2021 08:23 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Victoria - I missed this post originally but thanks to the reblog by Roy Kelley I am here now.  Seeing the name of Frederick Olmstead immediately captured my attention as does the imagination he masterfully expressed then and as it continues to benefit us today.  

Nov 21, 2021 05:18 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Victoria - I didn't know avbout Frederick Olmsted but we all enjoy the beautiful parks.

Nov 21, 2021 05:24 AM
Victoria Ray Henderson

so true! He created Central Park and so much more. A great and valuable contributor to the betterment of our country. Thanks for stopping by

Nov 23, 2021 01:59 PM