Knute Berger’s piece on Crosscut.com, “Seattle Needs Parks, Not just ‘Parklets'”, discusses the importance of the Olmsted park and boulevard system in the lives of Seattleites and looks to the future as laid out in the Seattle 2035 draft comprehensive plan.
Join us for monthly walking tours in Seattle’s Olmsted parks and start your weekend with a dose of beauty, nature, and history! Appropriate for all ages and lasting approximately 2 hours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about specific tours.
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Meet at the parking lot at the base of Colman Park (access from Lake Washington Boulevard).
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meet at the parking lot on Magnolia Blvd W near Howe St.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meet at the parking lot near the Woodland Park Lawn Bowling area.
*This is the FSOP annual meeting, please join us for potluck lunch after the tour in Shelter #4 (up the hill from the Woodland Park Lawn Bowling building).
We are excited to announce that the Olmsted Correspondence project is complete! FSOP, working in conjunction with the Washington State Archives, has indexed 29 jobs’ correspondence related to the Olmsted Brothers firm’s Seattle projects.
More than 1,200 documents have been scanned and indexed and can be accessed via the Washington State Digital Archives at:https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/2017.
The indexing allows us to search the correspondence by job number, job name, author or recipient, landscape feature type, document type, and topics, people, or organizations.
The work was done by FSOP volunteers and indexers funded by the Washington State Department of Transportation as part of the Section 106 mitigation agreed upon for the SR520 Bridge Replacement and HOV project.
We’d like to thank Mary Hammer, Michael Dwyer, and June Timmons from the Washington State Archives for their assistance in developing an indexing system and creating the online interface for the project. We’d also like to thank Olivia Johnson, Marta Olson, and Adrienne Sharigian for their work on the project.
Having the correspondence available online and searchable will make it easier to find information related to specific projects, trace the development of landscape features and plans, and see how the different elements were intended to work together as a system.
Interested in touring Olmsted designed gardens inside The Highlands, another in Broadview and ending with drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the Dunn Gardens? If so, consider signing up for the 2016 Estate Garden Tour!
More information available on the Dunn Garden Website.
Seattle’s Olmsted, John Charles, was the nephew and stepson of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., known as the father of American landscape architecture. The senior Olmsted was renowned for his work in Central Park, the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, among many others. He was also a prolific writer on a wide variety of subjects.
The New York Review of Books has an extensive review of three new books about the Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. :
Frederick Law Olmsted: Writings on Landscape, Culture, and Society
edited by Charles E. Beveridge
The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, Volume IX: The Last Great Projects, 1890–1895
edited by David Schuyler, Gregory Kaliss, and Jeffrey Schlossberg
Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Public Parks
edited by Charles E. Beveridge, Lauren Meier, and Irene Mills
Any one of these would be a great read as winter winds down and our beautiful parks fill with spring blossoms.
Getting to Know the Seattle Olmsted Park System
Join us for monthly walking tours in Seattle’s Olmsted parks and start your weekend with a dose of beauty, nature, and history! They are held on 3rd Saturdays (except August) and begin at 10:00 AM, lasting approximately two hours. Appropriate for all ages. These walks are free and open to all, and go on rain or shine. There is no need to register in advance. Contact email@example.com for more information about specific tours.
2015 Summer Walking Tour Schedule
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition at the University of Washington campus
Meet at the entrance to the Burke Museum.
Washington Park Arboretum
Meet at the Graham Visitor Center.
Madrona Park and Frink Park
Meet at Leschi Elementary School parking lot.
Meet at the Black Sun sculpture across from the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
*This is the FSOP annual meeting, please join us for potluck lunch after the tour.
The Arboretum Foundation is looking for volunteer docents for their display garden, “Picture Yourself on Azalea Way,” at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. The theme of this year’s show is “Romance Blossoms” and their garden will recreate all of the romance of Azalea Way at the Washington State Convention Center. Docents help hand out brochures and answer questions about the garden and the Washington Park Arboretum. You do NOT need to be an plant expert to be a docent. The Arboretum Foundation will offer a training session on Saturday, January 31 from 3?4 p.m. at the Graham Visitors Center in the Arboretum. Docents receive a wristband for FREE admission to the show for the whole day of their shift.
For more information or to register, contact Megan Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-577-0549.
The Library of American Landscape History and Florentine Films/Hott Productions has produced a series of documentary films about historically significant landscapes and the landscape architects who designed them.
Based on books published by the Library of American Landscape History, the short films are hosted by historians and landscape architects who, “explain the design process in accessible terms that will engage nonspecialists as well as students, practitioners, and scholars.”
The two films about Olmsted landscape design focus on the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System describes the first park system designed for an American city. Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts surveys Olmsted’s move to Brookline, his role in its planning, and the Olmsted firms’ operations there.
Each film is about 12 minutes long and they are available to view on the Library of American Landscape History website.
The E.B. Dunn Historic Garden Trust is celebrating the centennial of their Olmsted-designed garden in 2015. As part of the year-long festivities, they are inviting the public to submit photos of the garden taken between October 2014 and October 2015 for a contest. Winners will receive a free membership to the Trust and have their photos enlarged, framed, and placed in the on-site classroom for visitors to enjoy.
The Trust will display the submitted photos on their website over the course of the year and announce the winners at the Centennial Fall Foliage Festival, to be held on Sunday, October 25, 2015.
Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times garden photographer, will be one of the jury members who will choose winners in two categories: Landscape and Detail. Contest rules and further information can be found on the Dunn Gardens website.
Photos may be taken at any time the garden is open to visitors. For a schedule of open dates, tours, and special events, see the Visiting & Tours page.
FSOP has been working with the Friends of Mount Baker Town Center since this summer to identify potential locations for green space in the newly rezoned town center and to explore ways to connect Mount Baker and Cheasty boulevards – part of the historic Olmsted park and boulevard system.
The rezone increased the allowable height of buildings in the town center. This will increase the density of the neighborhood and increase the need for usable green space. The community has made green space a priority in the neighborhood’s planning and the area has great potential as a connection between Beacon Hill and Lake Washington. A continuous connection would fulfill the Olmsted Brothers’ goal of a string of boulevards and parks between Beacon Hill and Lake Washington via Jefferson Park, Cheasty Boulevard, Mount Baker Boulevard, and Lake Washington Boulevard.
See this fact sheet for more information.
The Friends of Mount Baker Town Center is looking for volunteers who would like to help develop the green space and boulevard connection ideas, reach out to the community, seek funding, or make a donation. For more information, visit their web page on the Seattle Parks Foundation site: Friends of Mount Baker Town Center or email email@example.com them.