“The founder of American landscape architecture and the nation’s foremost parkmaker”

Frederick Law Olmstead
Image from National Park Service

Frederick Law Olmsted once remarked, “the common man should be able to find in the city a rural landscape where he could go quickly to put the city behind him out of his sight and go where he will be under the undisturbed influences of pleasing natural scenery”. In his design of Lake Park, Olmsted created such a place along the shores of Lake Michigan that has remained true to his original concept over 100 years ago. Olmsted is credited with many of the most beautiful landscapes in America, including Central Park in New York City, the U.S. Capitol Grounds, and the exhibitor grounds for the 1893 Columbian Expo in Chicago.

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