Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), American landscape architect, was prominent in promoting and planning recreational parks across the country.
Frederick Law Olmsted was born at Hartford, Connecticut, on April 26, 1822. He did not matriculate at college because of weak eyes, but he attended lectures at Yale University intermittently and became an honorary member of the class of 1847. He also studied engineering. In 1844 Olmsted decided to become a farmer, and after getting practical experience, settled on Staten Island, where he operated a farm until 1854. In 1859 he married Mary Cleveland Perkins Olmsted, the widow of his brother; the couple had two children.
In 1851 Olmsted visited Andrew Jackson Downing, who with others had conceived the idea of creating...Read more
- April 26, 1822
- August 28, 1903