WORK BY THE PROLIFIC LANDSCAPE DESIGNER WHERE YOU’D LEAST EXPECT IT
Often called the father of modern landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted is nothing short of a demigod in the field.
Best known for his masterful creation of Central Park, the Connecticut-born Olmsted, along with his partner, British architect Calvert Vaux, developed a distinctly American style that would come to characterize some of the nation’s most cherished public spaces. Olmsted worked for years as a journalist before developing his craft with Vaux, and the duo gained quick fame after winning New York City’s Central Park commission in 1857. What followed was an influx of projects quite literally spanning from coast to coast, from North Carolina’s Biltmore Estate to the master scheme for Stanford University. Long story short: If you look hard enough, you can certainly find some Olmsted in your backyard. Here, AD spotlights beautiful Olmsted works that are hidden in plain sight.
City park system, Buffalo, New York, 1868