Frederick Law Olmsted & Public Parks – 1870 (reading activity)

central park

New York City – Central Park

The park should, as far as possible, complement the town. Openness is the one thing you cannot get in buildings. Picturesqueness you can get. Let your buildings be as picturesque as your artists can make them. This is the beauty of the town. Consequently, the beauty of the park should be the other. It should be the beauty of the fields, the meadow, the prairie, or green pastures, and the still waters. What we want to gain is tranquility and rest to the mind.                                     – Frederick Law Olmstead, 1870

Olmsted & Public Parks    Click on the link to download the full document with reading questions.


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2 Responses to Frederick Law Olmsted & Public Parks – 1870 (reading activity)

  1. Pingback: Detroit’s Belle Isle Park threatened by privatisation | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. leoscar rodriguez says:

    in class i am learning about frederick law olmstead

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