Frederick Law Olmsted | A Passion for Parks, National Geographic: Olmsted Portrait Still Life With Fern

Graphic image of historic picture of Frederick Law Olmsted placed on wooden stool with drafting tools and fern leaf.

A fern leaf frames a portrait of Frederick Law Olmsted along with tools of his trade as a landscape architect making a still life on a work stool in his office at Fairsted, now the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

Olmsted (1822-1903) is remembered as America’s first landscape architect and park planner. He designed many well-known urban parks including Central Park, Prospect Park in New York, as well as parks in Buffalo, Rochester, and the Niagara Reservation. He is credited with Louisville, Chicago, Boston, Detroit and Montreal parks as well as his final masterpiece, the grounds of Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate.

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