Frederick Law Olmsted

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Date of Birth April 26, 1822
Place of Birth Hartford, Connecticut
Date of Death Aug 28, 1903 (81)
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Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted was an American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator. He is popularly considered to be the father of American landscape architecture. Olmsted was famous for co-designing many well-known urban parks with his senior partner Calvert Vaux, including Central Park in New York City, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York and Cadwalader Park in Trenton. He headed the pre-eminent landscape architecture and planning consultancy of late nineteenth-century America, which was carried on and expanded by his sons, Frederick Jr and John C, under the name Olmsted Brothers.

Born: April 26, 1822, Hartford, Connecticut
Died: August 28, 1903, Belmont, Massachusetts
Occupation: Landscape architect
Spouse(s): Mary Cleveland Perkins
Children: John Charles, Charlotte, Owen, and Marion and Frederick Law Jr.
Parent(s): John and Charlotte Olmsted

About Frederick Law Olmsted

Landscape designer of Central Park and many other well-known U.S. parks.

Before Fame

He attended Yale University.


He designed the landscaping around the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Family Life

He married his brother's widow, Mary Cleveland Perkins, who gave birth to Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. on July 24, 1870.


During the Civil War, he directed the Sanitary Commission that Louisa May Alcott served on.

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