Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Frederick Law Olmsted
People of the Coast
Famous designers left footprints along the Seaway Trail.
Buffalo's Olmsted-designed parks are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903)
Olmsted was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He teamed with architect Calvert Vaux to design landscapes and structures for parks in many major U.S. cities. He designed the first urban parks, greenways, and planned communities in the country. Olmsted was known as the father of landscape architecture; he named the profession and defined the practice.
Photo credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Olmsted tried to improve society through design of physical space. He saw parks as tranquil places where people could find therapeutic value solitude.
Olmsted's Design Principals
Manipulation of plants, open space, and water to create natural looking landscapes.
Merging structuires with surroundings.
Separation of activities
Creating the illusion of infinite boundaries.
Other significant landscapes designed by the Olmsted Firm can be found in Niagara Falls, Rochester, and Watertown.
Seaway Trail, Inc.. Corner Ray & West Main St. Sackets Harbor, NY 13685 1-800-SEAWAY-T. This exhibit made possible by a grant from FHWA to Seaway Trail, Inc.
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Environment. In addition, it is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1822.
Location. 42° 55.724′ N, 78° 52.068′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Rumsey Road north of Forest Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Rumsey Road is one way from Forest Avenue. The intersection of Rumsey Road and Forest Avenue also includes an intersection with Delaware Avenue (NY Route 384). The marker is opposite of the second lot from the beginning of Rumsey Road, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of Millard Fillmore (approx. Ό mile away); Ebenezer WaldenBrigadier General Albert James Myer (approx. 0.3 miles away); Albert James Myer, M.D. (approx. 0.3 miles away); McMillan (approx. 0.3 miles away); Trees Planted November 30, 1925 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mary Morris Burnett Talbert (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
More about this marker. Rumsey Road is the southeast border of Delaware Park, the largest Park in the City of Buffalo.
Also see . . .
1. Frederick Law Olmsted - Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 29, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Delaware Park - Buffalo as an Architectural Museum. (Submitted on October 29, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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