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LALH Launches Community by Design

Community by Design Jacket ArtIn 1883, Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. moved from New York City to Brookline, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb that persistently resisted annexation by the nearby metropolis. For the next half century, the Olmsted firm served as the dominant force in the planned development of this rural enclave and received more than 150 local commissions. A new book from LALH and the University of Massachusetts Press, Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts by Keith N. Morgan, Elizabeth Hope Cushing, and Roger G. Reed, provides important new perspective on the history of planning in the United States and illuminates Brookline as a laboratory and model for the Olmsted firm’s national work.

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On March 20th, one lucky Facebook fan will win a free signed copy. Like LALH on Facebook for your chance to win!

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A celebration to launch Community by Design will take place on Saturday, March 23, 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Newbury College, 129 Fisher Ave., in Brookline, Mass. The gathering, hosted by LALH, Friends of Fairsted, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, National Park Service, and Newbury College, is free and open to the public. To reserve a space, please R.S.V.P. events@lalh.org.

Beacon Street near Carlton Street, ca 1910

Beacon Street near Carlton Street, c. 1910. Courtesy Brookline Public Library.

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