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An Evening with the Olmsteds

Wed, 9 Jul, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Beginnings: An Evening with the Olmsteds

Frederick Law Olmsted invented the American public park and landscape architecture as a tool for public health and social cohesion. His philosophy and picturesque park planning and design defined cities from New York and Buffalo to San Francisco. So, too, Portland, through his stepson John Charles Olmsted, who designed our 1903 parks plan.

Join Laurence Cotton, principal researcher of PBS’s new documentary Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, and local parks historians Henry Kunowski and William Hawkins (whose great-uncle collaborated with Olmsted on the design of Terwilliger Parkway) for excerpts from the documentary and an overview of the Olmsteds’ impact on Portland, what we’ve preserved of the legacy, and what, if we are careless, we will lose.

This event is part of "Force of Nature: Portland’s Parks, Past, Present, and Future," a discussion series in celebration of The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden, on view June 14 - September 21, 2014, at the Portland Art Museum. The series is hosted by Randy Gragg, Director of the John Yeon Center at University of Oregon and Editor at Large for Portland Monthly.

Members free; non-members $20, seniors and students $17. Advance ticket purchase recommended.

There will be a 4:30 p.m. special FREE screening of Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America.


Image of John Charles Olmsted courtesy of Olmsted National Historic Site and National Association for Olmsted Parks.

Location: Fred & Suzanne Fields Ballroom, Mark Building
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