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Frederick Law Olmstead

 
 
Frederick Law Olmstead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 29, 2011
1. Frederick Law Olmstead Marker
Inscription.
Frederick Law Olmstead 1822 – 1903
Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, the nineteenth century visionary who founded the profession of landscape architecture, is responsible for the overall design of Walnut Hill Park. Influenced by the parks of Europe and his native New England landscape, the design for Walnut Hill Park was typical of his work, creating a rural experience in the city. Although many components of the design were not carried out, the park owes its overall character and form to the plan. The map in the center of this rotunda depicts the Olmstead and Vaux plan. Prior to its development as a park, Walnut Hill was a barren hilltop, lacking vegetation or amenities.
Walnut Hill Park may have been one the firm's earliest commissions after New York's Central Park, adding to the national importance of the park.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Olmstead moved to the New York City area in 1848 and settled in Brookline, Mass., in the early 1880's. His designs number in the hundreds and include New York's Central Park, the Boston Park System and the United States Capitol Grounds.
Olmstead is buried in Old North Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut.
 
Location. 41° 39.98′ N, 72° 47.207′ W. Marker is in New Britain
Frederick Law Olmstead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 29, 2011
2. Frederick Law Olmstead Marker
The marker is second from the left (not counting the missing plaque).
, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Main Street and Cedar Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in Walnut Hill Park, on the wall of the rotunda with the "Original Design of Walnut Hill Park" marker at its center. Marker is in this post office area: New Britain CT 06052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seth E. Case (here, next to this marker); William A. Churchill (here, next to this marker); Cornelius B. Erwin (here, next to this marker); George M. Landers (here, next to this marker); Frederick H. North (here, next to this marker); Henry E. Russell (here, next to this marker); Frederick T. Stanley (here, next to this marker); Original Design of Walnut Hill Park (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Britain.
 
Also see . . .  Frederick Law Olmstead on Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 17, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 589 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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