Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1822-04-26
Death 1903-08-28
Gender:
Male
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Landscape architect.

From the description of Frederick Law Olmsted papers, 1777-1952 (bulk 1838-1903). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979908

American landscape designer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to Charles A. Dana, 1876 July 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872066

Landscape architect.

Related material in Biography and Genealogy Files under 'F.L. Olmsted.'

From the description of Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903 papers, 1854-1871. (New York State Historical Documents). WorldCat record id: 155570780

Biographical Note

  • 1822, Apr. 26: Born, Hartford, Conn.
  • 1838 - 1839 : Studied topographical engineering with Frederick A. Barton
  • 1844 - 1854 : Connecticut Connecticut New York New York Farmed in Connecticut and New York
  • 1850: Europe Europe Mount Europe Alaskan European B And B De L'Europe EUROPE VILLA CORTES Hotel Gare de Lille - Europe Bureau de Poste de Parthenay Europe RESIDENCIAL CLUB EUROPEO Hotel Europe Hôtel residhome prestige val europe Hotel D Europe Avignon City Cen Hotel Centro Europeu Tourist Hotel Europe Carlton-Europe Hotel Bureau de Poste de Strasbourg Parlement Europeen Europe Bay Woods State Natural Area Best Western Premier Hotel Carrefour de l'Europe Bureau de Poste de Paris Europe Ehsal Europese Hogeschool Brussel / Campus Prinssenstraat GRAND HOTEL DE l EUROPE Europeo Flowers Bureau de Poste de Montelimar Europe Hotel Europe Great Britain United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Traveled to Europe and Great Britain with his brother, John Hull Olmsted, and Charles Loring Brace
  • 1852: Published Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England (New York: G. P. Putnam. 2 vols.)
  • 1852 - 1854 : Toured southern states on a commission from the New York Times for a series of articles on the effect of slavery on economic conditions in the South
  • 1855 - 1856 : Editor and partner, Dix & Edwards, publishers of Putnam's Magazine
  • 1856: Published A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States (New York: Dix & Edwards. 723 pp.)
  • 1857: Central Park, New York, N.Y. Central Park Keuka Park Post Office Le Petite Ciel Mobile Home Park Plainview - Old Bethpage Community Park Forsyth Park Hennepin Park City Line Park Gallis Hill Station Mobile Home Park Milburn Creek Park Lakeside Park Harrison Pond Park Cerone Avenue Park Lishakill Park Ellwood Park Church Street Mobile Home Park Bedford Park Congregational Church Rochester Henrietta Planned Industrial Park C Gerard Park Cayuga Lake State Park United Methodist Korean Church of Central Queens Village of Glen Park McCarren Park Play Center High Bridge Park Appointed superintendent, Central Park, New York, N.Y. Published A Journey Through Texas (New York: Dix & Edwards. 516 pp.)
  • 1858: Central Park, New York, N.Y. Central Park Keuka Park Post Office Le Petite Ciel Mobile Home Park Plainview - Old Bethpage Community Park Forsyth Park Hennepin Park City Line Park Gallis Hill Station Mobile Home Park Milburn Creek Park Lakeside Park Harrison Pond Park Cerone Avenue Park Lishakill Park Ellwood Park Church Street Mobile Home Park Bedford Park Congregational Church Rochester Henrietta Planned Industrial Park C Gerard Park Cayuga Lake State Park United Methodist Korean Church of Central Queens Village of Glen Park McCarren Park Play Center High Bridge Park Appointed architect in chief, Central Park, New York, N.Y. Established firm, Olmsted and Vaux; name soon changed to Frederick Law Olmsted
  • 1859: Married Mary Cleveland Perkins Olmsted, widow of his brother John
  • 1860: Published A Journey in the Back Country (New York: Mason Bros. 492 pp.)
  • 1861: Published The Cotton Kingdom (New York: Mason Bros. 2 vols.) based upon A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States, A Journey Through Texas, and A Journey in the Back Country Appointed general secretary, U. S. Sanitary Commission
  • 1863: Mariposa Mariposa Esteros de La Mariposa La Mariposa La Mariposa La Mariposa Quebrada Mariposa Mariposa La Mariposa Mariposa Elementary School La Mariposa Mariposa County Fire Department Company 22 Mariposa Public Utility District Fire Station 1 Mariposa Assembly of God Church Quebrada Las Mariposas Mariposa Paso de Mariposas Estación La Mariposa Mariposa County Fire Department Company 26 Coulterville La Mariposa Mariposa Canyon Mariposa County Fairgrounds La Mariposa Health Station Mariposa Playground La Mariposa California California Became superintendent, John C. Frémont's Mariposa mining estates, California
  • 1864: Appointed commissioner, Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove, California
  • 1874: Commissioned to design the grounds of the United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.
  • 1882: Published The Spoils of the Park ([Detroit, Mich.: publisher unknown]. 57 pp.)
  • 1884: Name of firm changed to F. L. and J. C. Olmsted
  • 1888: Began work on Biltmore, George W. Vanderbilt's estate, Asheville, N.C.
  • 1889: Name of firm changed to F. L. Olmsted and Co.
  • 1893: Chicago, Ill. Chicago Completed landscaping grounds for World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill. Name of firm changed to Olmsted, Olmsted, and Eliot
  • 1897: Name of firm changed to F. L. and J. C. Olmsted
  • 1898: Name of firm changed to Olmsted Brothers ( -1961)
  • 1903, Aug. 28: Died, Waverly, Mass.

From the guide to the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers, 1777-1952, (bulk 1838-1903), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Natural history
  • Slavery--Southern States
  • Gold mines and mining--California--Mariposa
  • Architecture
  • Agriculture
  • Landscape architecture
  • City planning
  • Parks--Design and construction
  • Exhibitions--Illinois--Chicago
  • Landscape architecture--Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
  • Exhibitions
  • Regional planning
  • Landscape architecture--New York (State)--New York
  • Gold mines and mining
  • Privateering--History--18th century
  • Landscape architecture--Washington (D.C.)
  • Scientific publications
  • Slavery
  • Smithsonian Publications
  • Education

Occupations:

  • Landscape architects

Places:

  • California (as recorded)
  • Washington (D.C.) (as recorded)
  • Central Park (New York, N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • Illinois--Chicago (as recorded)
  • Central Park (New York, N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • Mariposa (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Southern States (as recorded)
  • California--Mariposa (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • Mariposa (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.) (as recorded)
  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.) (as recorded)