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OLMSTED PARKS IN CHICAGO THREATENED BY OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY PROPOSAL

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | Posted by

The University of Chicago recently unveiled its plan to locate the Obama Presidential Library in either Washington or Jackson Parks, both of which were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in the 1870s. Promoting the plans as a way of invigorating the South Side and even adding to the city’s park land, University […]

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LALH EXHIBITION FEATURED IN THE PARIS REVIEW

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | Posted by

The latest LALH exhibition, 100 Years of Design on the Land, was featured in the Paris Review on December 15th, the day it opened at 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery in New York City. Jonathan Lippincott’s interview of photographer Carol Betsch not only explores LALH’s mission of educating the public in landscape history […]

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BEATRIX FARRAND’S DUMBARTON OAKS WILD GARDEN—REVEALED

Monday, January 19, 2015 | Posted by

The section of land near Rock Creek Parkway in Washington D.C. known as Dumbarton Oaks Park is also one of landscape architect Beatrix Farrand’s masterpieces, the wild garden she designed for the Dumbarton Oaks estate during the 1920s and 1930s. Over the last ninety years, this Farrand garden has become increasingly overgrown, as invasive species […]

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LALH AND NYBG COSPONSOR EARTH DAY FILM SCREENING

Monday, January 12, 2015 | Posted by

In celebration of Earth Day, the New York Botanical Garden and LALH are offering a screening of the award-winning documentary film Jens Jensen: The Living Green. A pioneering conservationist, Danish-born Jens Jensen rose from street sweeper to become the “dean of landscape architects.” Following the film, Darrel Morrison, FASLA, will moderate a panel discussion featuring […]

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Mount Auburn

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | Posted by

Mount Auburn Cemetery Boston, Massachusetts 1831 On a hilly seventy-acre site four miles west of Boston, a new cemetery, unlike any in America, was consecrated in 1831. Derived from the picturesque English landscape garden, Mount Auburn also reflected the influence of Père Lachaise Cemetery, whose melancholic, romantic atmosphere was already attracting crowds in Paris. The […]

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Buffalo Parks

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | Posted by

Buffalo Parks Buffalo, New York 1868 In spring 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted met Calvert Vaux at his Manhattan office to divide the $2,000 fee they had earned after winning the Central Park design competition. At the time, Vaux told his friend that after the park was done they could “carry on the business that it […]

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Tower Grove

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | Posted by

Tower Grove Park St. Louis, Missouri 1868 Tower Grove Park was created on a long narrow stretch of three hundred acres of land—”half prairie, half shrubbery”—adjacent to one of the nation’s first botanical gardens. Planted with over 17,000 trees, shrubs, and vines and enlivened with colorful and ornate summerhouses, such as the Turkish Pavilion with […]

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Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | Posted by

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park Woodstock, Vermont 1869 By the turn of the eighteenth century, Vermont retained little of the forestland that once covered the state. Sheep farming had led to clear-cutting that produced soil depleted slopes and silt-choked streams. One of the keenest observers of man’s misuse of this landscape was George Perkins Marsh, born […]

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Reynolda

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | Posted by

Reynolda Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1908 Like many other American country places, Reynolda was laid out according to principles whose origins were in the British picturesque, set into open farmland and woods with expansive lawns and a daffodil-bordered lake. However, the estate’s creator and owner, Katharine Smith Reynolds (1880–1924), had loftier purposes than the typical wealthy […]

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Forest Hills Gardens

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | Posted by

Forest Hills Gardens Queens, New York 1909 Just fifteen minutes by train from the sensory overload of Times Square and two blocks from the commercial sprawl of main street, Queens lies the historic commuter suburb, Forest Hills Gardens. Conceived in 1909, this 142-acre enclave was the collaborative creation of the landscape architect and planner Frederick […]

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