ALLEN, DAVID GRAYSON.
Title The Olmsted National Historic Site And The Growth Of Historic Landscape Preservation.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book.
Edition First Edition.
Publisher Northeastern University Press, Boston: 2007.
1555536794 / 9781555536794
Seller ID 50474X1
A contextual history of Massachusetts' Olmsted National Historic Site. Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the genius behind New York's Central Park. In 1883 Olmsted established "Fairsted" in suburban Boston, the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. Over the course of the next century, his sons and successors sustained and expanded upon Olmsted's design ideals, philosophy, and influence. His son, F. L. Olmsted, Jr., helped to lay the groundwork for the National Park Service in 1916. David Grayson Allen chronicles the creation and development of the Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Massachusetts, which opened in 1979 after nearly a decade of struggle and controversy and now welcomes thousands of visitors and researchers every year. The Site's history is emblematic of the evolving role that landscape architecture plays in modern American lives and reflects the stunning transformation that has taken place within the National Park Service itself within the last quarter century. Original, sophisticated, meticulously researched, and well-written, The Olmsted National Historic Site and the Growth of Historic Landscape Preservation will resonate with readers interested in historic preservation and landscape architecture. The Table of Contents of this book is as follows: Preface, List of Abbreviations. American Landscape Architecture and the Establishment of the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site The Beginnings of the Olmsted National Historic Site, Waging the Battle Anew, Early Development of the Olmsted National Historic Site and New Interest in Landscape Preservation, Early Developments at the Olmsted Site, Olmsted as a Traditional National Historic Site, The Cultural Landscape Preservation Movement Within the National Park Service, Fulfilling the Potential of the Site The Transformation of the Olmsted Collection, Site Changes and Developments, The Preservation of Historic Landscapes, Olmsted National Historic Site and the National Park Service, Appendixes, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and the National Park Service Organic Act of • List of Interviewees for the Administrative History of Olmsted National Historic Site, Notes, Selected Bibliography • Index. David Grayson Allen, a former NEH Fellow, is a principal of Allen Associates, a historical consulting firm in Concord, Massachusetts. His first of many books, In English Ways,won the Jamestown Prize of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and was a candidate for the Pulitzer Prize. He is currently a consulting historian for the Department of Defense and is also writing a financial history of Boston. "Whether it's the Emerald Necklace in Boston, Central Park in New York City, the Capitol Grounds in Washington, D.C., or countless other beautiful urban parks in cities across America, we have Frederick Law Olmsted to thank for his magnificent creative vision and achievements. He understood the link between cultivating nature and civilizing humanity. He invented the art of landscaping and was responsible for bringing public green space into our urban centers. In this important book, David Grayson Allen expertly analyzes the intensive modern effort championed by the Olmsted National Historical Site to encourage landscape preservation nationwide and breathe new life into Olmsted's brilliant legacy for future generations."—Edward M. Kennedy, United States Senator
(Key Words: David Grayson Allen, Frederick Law Olmsted, Olmsted Natrional Historic Site, Landscape Architecture, Brookline, Historic Preservation, Massachusetts, Fairsted, F. L. Olmsted Jr.).