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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

Date: 6:30pm PST February 8, 2017 Location: Miller Hall 105

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    Olmsted Brothers proposed garden house for Cooley House
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    Olmstead's plan of Portland's parks and boulevards
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    Olmsted study for Corbett House garden
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    Olmsted study for Corbett House pool

Miller Hall 105

Frederick Law Olmsted pioneered American landscape architecture and remains its best known practitioner. Olmsted’s work spans the North American continent and includes such iconic spaces as Central Park. Olmsted was also a noted  journalist, conservationist, and social critic who engaged the issues of his day, serving, for example, as a wartime health administrator in support of the Union Army during the Civil War.

Following a screening of the 2014 PBS film Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, the film’s principal researcher and consulting producer, Laurence Cotton, will speak about Olmsted’s life and career as well as the legacy of the Olmsted Brothers company’s landscape designs across America, including the urban parks, private estates, and college campuses of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

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