Paperback / softback
December 1, 2019
9781933245560
English
144
140 illus.
9.00 Inches (US)
10.00 Inches (US)
1.7 Pounds (US)
$29.95 USD, £22.99 GBP
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Olmsted in Seattle

Creating a Park System for a Modern City

In the midst of galloping growth at the turn of the twentieth century, Seattle's city leaders seized on the confluence of a roaring economy with the City Beautiful movement to hire the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm to design a park and parkway system. Their 1903 plan led to a supplemental plan, a playground plan, numerous park and boulevard designs, changes to park system management, and a ripple effect, as the Olmsted Brothers were hired to design public and private landscapes throughout the region. The park system shaped Seattle's character and continues to play a key role in the city's livability today.

About the Authors

Jennifer Ott is an environmental historian and assistant director of HistoryLink. She has served on the board of the Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks and the Volunteer Park Trust steering committee and is the coauthor of Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal.

Reviews

"Every city with an Olmsted legacy should produce an equally researched and detailed history of the projects and their developments. This book is a resource as much for the new resident of the city who wants to better understand how Seattle came to be the city it is as for the longtime Olmsted fan or the student of landscape architecture who wishes to design better cities in the future."—Pacific Northwest Quarterly

"Ott's book is an important document in the story of American urbanism."—H-Net

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A Will to Serve

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