The legendary Frederick Law Olmsted, the most famous landscape architect of all time, spent his career designing public gardens and parks that brought nature back into the burgeoning urban America of the 1800s. The designer of such storied landmarks as NYC's Central Park, Brooklyn's Prospect Park, and Boston's Emerald Necklace, Olmsted was born on April 26, 1822, making this his 190th birthday. To celebrate you could either purchase a garden cottage outside of Chicago designed by Olmsted and his longtime partner, Calvert Vaux, or watch the recently-released biographical film, Olmsted & America's Urban Parks. The hour-long feature, narrated by actor Kevin Klein, traces Olmsted's career from his childhood, when he was known as a "fearless" explorer of the forests, to his time as a journalist, to the formation of his greatest creations.
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· Olmsted & Vaux's Historic Dore Cottage Has Trouble Selling [Curbed Chicago]
· Olmsted and America's Urban Parks [official site]