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Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (1870–1957) was an American landscape architect most known for his wildlife conservation efforts and urban park designs. He was a founding member and later served as president of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Following early work with his acclaimed father on projects such as the Biltmore Estate (in North Carolina) and the World’s Columbian Exposition (in Chicago), his signature works include the National Mall, the Jefferson Memorial, the White House grounds, Cornell University (campus planning), Rock Creek Park (Washington, D.C.), Forest Hills Gardens (New York), Piedmont Park (Atlanta), and parks for many other U.S. cities. Notable ecological conservation work under his stewardship includes national parks projects at Acadia, Redwood, Yosemite, the Everglades, and the Potomac River.

Plan for New Haven

Long before cities were going green and eco-conscious residents began debating ideas of sustainability, New Haven, Connecticut, was envisioning a plan for its growth taken from the challenging ideas of the City Beautiful movement and its call for civic monumentality. In a 1910 plan commissioned to legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and prominent architect Cass Gilbert, New...

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