List of Olmsted works

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The landscape architecture firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, and later of his sons John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (known as the Olmsted Brothers), produced designs and plans for hundreds of parks, campuses and other projects throughout the United States and Canada (Roches Point, Ontario, St. Catherines, Ontario, Vancouver, British Columbia, Montreal, Quebec). Together, these works totaled 355.[citation needed] This is a non-exhaustive list of those projects.

Frederick Law Olmsted Sr.[edit]

Academic campuses[edit]

Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. designed numerous school and college campuses between 1857 and 1895. Some of the most famous done while he headed his firm are listed here.

Selected private and civic designs[edit]

By Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.:

Project City State or province Date
Arnold Arboretum Boston Massachusetts 1877
Back Bay Fens, Arborway and Riverway Boston Massachusetts 1890s-1900
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park Great River New York, on Long Island
Beardsley Park Bridgeport Connecticut 1884
Belle Isle Park Detroit Michigan master plan and landscape in the 1880s
Biltmore Estate grounds Asheville North Carolina 1890-1895
Brandywine Park Wilmington Delaware 1886
Buffalo, New York parks system Buffalo New York
Butler Hospital Providence Rhode Island
Buttonwood Park New Bedford Massachusetts
Cadwalader Park Trenton New Jersey
Central Park Manhattan New York 1853 (opened in 1856)[2]
Cherokee Park Louisville Kentucky
Congress Park Saratoga Springs New York
Cushing Island Portland Maine
D.W. Field Park Brockton Massachusetts
Downing Park Newburgh New York
Druid Hills Historic District and parks along Ponce de Leon Avenue (Springdale, Virgilee, Druid Hills, Brightwood, Shady Side, Olmsted Linear, Deepdene) Druid Hills (Atlanta) Georgia
Eastern Parkway Brooklyn New York[2]
Edgewood Park Westville, New Haven Connecticut
Elizabeth Park Hartford & West Hartford Connecticut
Elmwood Cemetery Detroit Michigan
Emerald Necklace Boston Massachusetts
Filmore Farm Charles Henry Jones Weston Massachusetts circa 1880
Fine Arts Garden Cleveland Ohio[3]
Florham, former estate of Hamilton and Florence (Vanderbilt) Twombly. Now the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham Park New Jersey
Forest Park Springfield Massachusetts designed in 1893
Forest Park Queens New York[2]
Fort Greene Park Brooklyn New York[2]
Franklin Park Boston Massachusetts
Genesee Valley Park Rochester New York[4]
Glen Magna Farms Danvers Massachusetts
Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn New York[2]
Highland Park Rochester New York[4]
Hubbard Park Meriden, Connecticut Connecticut
The Institute of Living Hartford Connecticut 1860s
Jackson Park, originally South Park Chicago Illinois
Kykuit Gardens, Rockefeller family estate Mount Pleasant New York from 1897
Lakehurst Gardens Roches Point Ontario ca. 1870[5]
Lake Park Milwaukee Wisconsin[6]
Lynn Woods Lynn Massachusetts
Manchester Town Common Manchester Massachusetts
Manor Park Larchmont New York
Masconomo Park Manchester Massachusetts
Maplewood Park Rochester New York[4]
MIT Endicott House Dedham Massachusetts
Montebello Park St. Catharines Ontario[7]
Morningside Park New York City New York[2]
Mount Royal Park Montreal Quebec inaugurated in 1876
Mountain View Cemetery Oakland California dedicated in 1865
National Zoological Park Washington District of Columbia
Nay Aug Park Scranton Pennsylvania
New York State Hospital for the Insane Buffalo New York
Niagara Reservation (now Niagara Falls State Park) Niagara Falls New York dedicated in 1885
North Park Fall River Massachusetts 1901[8]
Ocean Parkway Brooklyn New York[2]
Olmsted Linear Park Atlanta Georgia
Oyster Harbors Osterville Massachusetts
Piedmont Avenue Berkeley California
Roads and green space in central village area of Pinehurst Pinehurst North Carolina ground broken in 1895
Point Chautauqua, a Baptist planned resort community Point Chautauqua New York
Prospect Park Brooklyn New York finished 1868[2]
Public Pleasure Grounds San Francisco California
River Park (now Riverside Park) Milwaukee Wisconsin[6]
Village of Riverside Riverside Illinois
Riverside Drive Manhattan New York[2]
Riverside Park Manhattan New York[2]
The Rockery Easton Massachusetts
Ruggles Park Fall River Massachusetts
Seaside Park Bridgeport Connecticut 1860s
Seneca Park Rochester New York[4]
Shelburne Farms Shelburne Vermont
Skillman Epilepsy Hospital (subsequently North Princeton Developmental Center) Montgomery New Jersey
South Park (now Kennedy Park) Fall River Massachusetts 1868
Stanford University Palo Alto California
Sudbrook Park Baltimore Maryland 1889
Olmsted Subdivision Historic District Swampscott Massachusetts
United States Capitol grounds Washington District of Columbia
Landscape of the Town of Vandergrift Vanderbilt Pennsylvania 1895
Vanderbilt Mausoleum Staten Island New York[2]
Walnut Hill Park New Britain Connecticut
Washington Park[9] Chicago Illinois circa 1870 (blueprints were destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871)
West Park Zoological Gardens (now Washington Park) Milwaukee Wisconsin[6]
Whitman Town Park Whitman Massachusetts circa 1875
Willow Brook Cemetery Westport Connecticut circa 1881
Woodburn Circle, West Virginia University Morgantown West Virginia
Wood Island Park (taken by eminent domain in the 1960s to expand Logan International Airport) Boston Massachusetts
World's Columbian Exposition Chicago Illinois 1893[10]
World's End, formerly the John Brewer Estate Hingham, Massachusetts Massachusetts 1889

Olmsted Brothers[edit]

After the retirement of Frederick Law Olmsted Sr in 1895, the firm was managed by John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., as Olmsted and Olmsted, Olmsted Olmsted and Eliot, and Olmsted Brothers. Works from this period, which spanned from 1895 to 1950, are often misattributed to Frederick Sr. They include:

Academic campuses[edit]

Selected private and civic designs[edit]

By Olmsted and Olmsted, Olmsted Olmsted and Eliot, and Olmsted Brothers:

"Allgates," Horatio Gates Lloyd house, Cooperstown Road, Haverford, Pennsylvania (1911–1915)


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