How did we go from no green spaces in city neighborhoods to the perfectly manicured lawn that defines American suburbia? It all comes down to Frederick Law Olmsted and properties in a housing development in 1860’s Illinois.
The Duncan Gardens at Manito Park in our own beautiful Spokane-Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted
New York City and Charleston SC neighborhoods prior to Olmsted’s lawn movement.
This one is a listener request from my son Will, and my sister Ruth.
This article has a cool map of the development that Olmsted was called in to develop. BB Barns Olsmtead Lawns
Cannon Hill Park – the Olmsteds designed it.
Finch Arboretum – the Olmsteds conceived it.
Downriver Park – the Olmsteds suggested it.
Manito Park – the Olmsteds improved it.
Rockwood Boulevard – the Olmsteds plotted it.
Gorge Park – the Olmsteds dreamed of it, 100 years early.