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Olmsted in Seattle Book Talk at CUH

November 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

book cover with title reading "Olmsted in Seattle; Creating a Park System for a Modern City, by Jennifer Ott and HistoryLink staff." Full color photo of woodland path in autumn.

Join us for a talk by historian Jennifer Ott about stories she uncovered in her research for Olmsted in Seattle.

In the midst of galloping growth at the turn of the 20th century, Seattle’s city leaders seized on the confluence of a roaring economy with the City Beautiful movement to hire the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm to design a park and parkway system. Their 1903 plan led to a supplemental plan, a playground plan, numerous park and boulevard designs, changes to park system management, and a ripple effect, as the Olmsted Brothers were hired to design public and private landscapes throughout the region. The park system shaped Seattle’s character and continues to play a key role in the city’s livability today.


Due to the November 16 book launch date, books may not be available for purchase at this event.


The event is free, with a suggested $5 donation to support UW Botanic Gardens public education programs.


November 12, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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