films: North America by Design

The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System

Based on the LALH book by Francis R. Kowsky, this short documentary explores the development of the nation’s first park system, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1868.

Winner of the Society of Architectural Historians 2015 Film Award!

Created by LALH in association with Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc.

This film was made possible by generous gifts from:

Susan L. Klaus
John K. Notz Jr.
Hodgson Russ, LLP
Azby Art Fund, advised by Thomas B. Lemann
Hickory Foundation, advised by Virginia James
Carolyn Marsh Lindsay
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

George W. Curry, FASLA
Peter Pennoyer
Vanguard Charitable Program, advised by Dr. and Mrs. W. Scott Peterson
Natalie Shivers, AIA
Walter and Nesta Spink
Nancy R. Turner
Lucy Ireland Weller

Charles D. Burnham, ASLA
Mrs. James Cooke III
Deirdre Cunningham, McLallen House
Carol Grove
Robert A. M. Stern Architects
Thomas Woodward
Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation, advised by Lloyd P. Zuckerberg

Laurence A. Clement
Kelly Comras
Linda Florio
David Kamp
Henri J. LeClerc
Jacqueline J. Melander
Flora Nyland
Edward and Mary Olinger
Jon A. Peterson
Barbara Troup Phippard
Nicholas Quennell, FASLA
Roy and Laurie Regozin
Frances Shedd-Fisher
Alida Silverman
Jean Stringham in honor of Caroline Loughlin
David Swinford