Celebrating Olmsted

John Hill
20. April 2022
The Pond at Central Park seen from Gapstow Bridge (Photo: Ajay Suresh/Flickr)

On April 26, 2022, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is launching What's Out There Olmsted, a digital guide to hundreds of landscapes in North America designed by Olmsted and his successor firms.

Frederick Law Olmsted, together with Calvert Vaux, designed New York City's Central Park and therefore needs no introduction; it was Olmsted's first landscape design and remains his most famous. The scope of Olmsted's contributions to other parks and landscapes across the United States is immense, but often those places are overlooked by the 843-acre park in the center of Manhattan. What's Out There Olmsted, launching on April 26, will draw attention to more than 300 landscapes in the US and Canada designed by Olmsted and his successor firms, including the Olmsted Brothers, founded and led by two of his sons. A short film previews the guide's contents:

What’s Out There Olmsted is not alone in celebrating the bicentennial of Omsted's birth. Numerous events are taking place around the United States in honor of Omsted's contributions to landscape architecture, with many of them clustered around his birthday on April 26. Visit the Omsted 200 website to see a list of events.

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