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Frederick Law Olmsted

Landscape Architect and Writer Frederick Law Olmsted

Profession: Landscape Architect and Writer

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Frederick Law Olmsted has been called the father of American Landscape design. His most famous work is New York's Central Park. Olmstead won the design competition for Central Park in 1858 with Calvert Vaux to create America's first major landscaped public park. Olmsted believed public spaces were for all, not just a playgrounds for the elite and was careful to design the park along egatiterian lines.

Olmsted was also an early conservationist and advocated for the preservation of Niagara Falls.

Born: April 26, 1822
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: August 28, 1903 (aged 81)

Married Life

  • 1859-06-13 Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (37) weds Mary Cleveland

Historical Events

  • 1853-07-21 Central Park in New York created when New York State Legislature puts aside more than 750 acres of land on Manhattan Island