Illustrated Programs


Frederick Law Olmsted: Pioneer of Beauty

The firm Frederick Law Olmsted founded over a century ago was involved in over 6000 landscape architecture projects throughout North America. Beginning with the seminal work of New York's Central Park, Olmsted created landscapes that nourished both body and mind and helped to nurture the nation's democratic spirit. The 60-minute illustrated lecture will sample this rich landscape legacy and explore the ideas behind his designs.

Frederick Law Olmsted and the Massachusetts Legacy

The Olmsted firm worked on some 1200 landscape design projects throughout Massachusetts, from 500-acre public parks to intimate private gardens. This program explores Olmsted landscapes from the sands of the Atlantic to the forests of the Berkshires.

Domesticity in Green: Olmsted and Suburbia

Reinforced by his belief that "great towns cannot exist without great suburbs," Frederick Law Olmsted sought to change the way Americans lived. This talk explores Olmsted's view on suburbia, focusing on factors that influenced his designs. Broad conceptual ideas are shown through an examination of Riverside, Illinois, one of this country's first planned communities. A look at "Fairsted," Olmsted's Brookline home, reveals more intimate details of his design work.

All illustrated programs are FREE and available by reservation. Please call (617) 566-1689 ext 221 for more information.

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