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Frederick Law Olmsted

landscape architect

Frederick Law Olmsted, American landscape architect. Awarded gold medal by American Academy Arts and Letters and National Institute Arts and Letters, 1949, George Robert White medal, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 1951, C. A. Pugsley gold medal, American Scenic Historic Preservation Society, 1954; Conservation Service award, United States Department Interior, 1956.


Olmsted, Frederick Law was born on July 24, 1870 in Staten Island, New York, United States. Son of Frederick Law and Mary Cleveland (Perkins) Olmsted.


Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, 1894. Studied landscape architecture under his father. Master of Arts, (honorary), Tufts College, 1926.


One daughter, Charlotte (Mistress Robert Lee Gill, Junior). Began as practicing landscape architect, 1895. Member Olmsted Brothers, Brookline, Massachusetts, 1895-1950.

Landscape architect Metropolitan Park System of Boston, 1898-1920, of Roland Park Company, Baltimore, Baltimore Park Commission, 1902-1917. Sage Foundation Homes Company, Forest Hills, Long Island, Palos Verdes Estates, California. Member of commission on improvement of Washington, 1902.

Member board supervising architects of the group plan, Cleveland, 1912. Member commission on emergency construction, War Industries Board, May 1917-July 1918. Manager town planning div. of the United States Housing Corporation, July 1918-May 1919.

Member National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Washington, District of Columbia, 1926-1932. Director of state park survey for California Park Commission, 1929, and 1945-1950. Collaborator National Park Services and bureau of Reclamation Survey of Colorado River Basin, since 1941.

Member board of expert advisors to National Park Service for Yosemite National Park, 1929-1940, 51-56. An incorporator American Academy in Rome, 1905, member of council until 1949. Designed public parks, municipal improvements, subdivisions, private and institutional grounds in many cities.

Instructor landscape architecture, 1901-1903, professor, 1903-1914, Harvard University.


  • Author report on restoration of scenery at Niagara Falls, 1907-1908. Prepared plan for conservation Redwoods. Also reports and articles on parks, municipal improvements, city planning and landscape architecture.


Member National communications of Fine Arts, 1910-1918. Member National Institute Arts and Letters. Club: Sierra (honorary vice president).


Married Sarah Sharples, March 30, 1911.

Frederick Law Olmsted

Mary Cleveland (Perkins) Olmsted

Sarah Sharples