Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America
Review the biography of the man who made public parks an essential part of American life. Frederick Law Olmsted, known as the father of American landscape architecture, was co-designer of Central Park, and went on to help design parts of Yosemite, Niagara Falls, the U.S. Capitol Grounds, and Boston’s “Emerald Necklace”. Olmsted’s pioneering design of the public parks and parkway systems in Buffalo, New York, is the oldest coordinated system in America and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To Olmsted, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. His efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics. Stockard Channing narrates; Campbell Scott provides the voice of Olmsted.
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