Frederick Law Olmsted: The Father Of American Landscape Architecture

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Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) was considered the father of American Landscape Architecture. He is known throughout history for his landscape creations such as Central Park in New York City and Niagara Reservation in New York. Olmsted was an avid travel and had a keen eye for understanding the environment around him. He did not only evaluate the environment, but he also took interest in the people around the world as well. In Journey to the Southern Seaboard States, Frederick Olmsted travel to the southern states of the United States (we focused on Washington D.C., Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia). Olmsted describes his journey as travels. He goes into great detail about the environment, the people, and makes many comparisons of south…show more content…
Considering his agricultural landscape back ground it is only rational that we assume he would critic the environment around him. Olmsted perception of the landscape of the south is very critical and he has a lot of negative things to say. However, in the moments that Olmsted compliments the southern environment, we are able to witness the his amazingly he describes and dissects the world around him. While in Raleigh, North Carolina, he describes a church nearby. “A church, near the Capitol, not yet completed, is very beautiful; cruciform in ground plan, the walls of stone, and the interior wood-work of oiled native pine (pg. 319, Olmsted).” Olmsted’s passion for agricultural landscaping can be seen through his poetic and detailed descriptions. Surely, we must take into account that the area is near the state capitol, therefore, it is only rational that the landscape would be most developed. Olmsted has many other occasion such as this in the book Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect, 1822-1903 which was written by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. This book details a series of Olmsted travels, including the south. While near the Mississippi river Olmsted writes, “before me an indescribably vast expanse of the forest, extending on every hand to a hazy horizon, in which, directly in front of me, swung the round, red, setting sun” (pg. 115, Olmsted Jr.). Regardless of Olmsted’s personal views and description of southern people and southern life, the capacity his has for analyzing the environment is very impressive. His work in agricultural landscaping is still being appreciated to this very day and will continue to

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