Frederick Law Olmsted: Bringing Nature to the City
October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$5 – $10
Connecticut Historical Society Hartford, CT United States
Olmsted, the master designer of public parks and a founder of the field landscape architecture. Join historian and filmmaker Laurence Cotton (originator of and consulting producer to the PBS special “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America”) as he does a deep dive into the remarkable life and career of the Renaissance-man Olmsted–writer, philosopher, social reformer, advocate for the preservation of natural scenery, and creator of some of the most beautiful public and private parks and gardens in all of North America.
In his presentation, Laurence will talk about the influences of design traditions, aesthetics and philosophies that influenced Olmsted’s thought—including English garden design, the Hudson River School and Transcendentalism, and the role the public park as a “public health institution”—in times past and present. Laurence will also give a visual tour of representative masterful landscapes designed by Olmsted, Senior, as well as his two sons and the Olmsted Bros. landscape architecture firm, with a focus on southern New England.
$5 CHS members, $10 non-members; $8 for seniors. Light refreshments will be provided. Purchase tickets online. Includes admission to the museum galleries — come early to view!