1300-00661-06_File2144Belle Isle Plan
72_1400-00671-05_FLONHS__view_of_mound_File2138Memorial Cairn at North Easton, MA
72_1400-00671-06_FLONHS__view_plantings_in_boulders_File2137Memorial Cairn plantings
Fairsted_image_for_Volunteer_AwardView of Fairsted, Brookline, MA
US_Cap_SW_diagonal_LOCView of US Capitol with proposed terraces, 1882
lawrencevlle52-21websiteLawrenceville School: Plan, coming from UVA
72_FLONHS_Stanford_U_02_vol_5_p_459Perspective sketch of Stanford Unviversity
1503-00916-09_FLONHS_plan_00916-1887_litho1887 Plan for Back Bay Fens and Muddy River
72_1503-00916-17w_Image_6THUMBView in Back Bay Fens
72_1504-00927-01_File19801892 Muddy River Plan
1504-00927-06C_FLONHS_Plan_930-61_neg_adj_threshPlanting Plan for Longwood section of Muddy River
00927-18__FLONHS_Boston_Muddy_River_Improvement_Sears_1907__430-70View in Riverway Section
72_1509-00918-04_00918-1891litho1885 Franklin Park Plan
View of Ellicottdale, Franklin Park, Boston. Courtesy of the National Park Service, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, page one: Sketch from the Report on Proposed Buffalo South Park, 1888. Courtesy of the National Park Service, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.Ellicottadale through Ellicott Arch, Franklin Park
1512-00926-03_FLONHS_File2032Plan for Marine Park with Aquatic Gardens
72_1501-00907-03_FLONHS_Job907F24-43060_19-Charlesbank_mens_gymnastics_cropCharlesbank gymnastic grounds
0705-00718-07_stitch_FLONSH_litho_1888L_File1876Buffalo South Park Plan, 1888
72_0705-00718-12a_FLONHS_BPC_Rpt_1888_18-Buf_S_Park_Boating_sceneView of Lake area, Buffalo South Park
0705-00718-14alt_FLONHS_BPC_Rpt_1888_File1833Embankment route to South Park
 

Volume 8

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The Early Boston Years, 1882–1890

Published 2013
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Frederick Law Olmsted relocated from New York to Boston in the early 1880s. With the help of his stepson and partner, John Charles Olmsted, his professional office grew to become the first of its kind: a modern landscape architecture practice with park, subdivision, campus, residential, and other landscape design projects throughout the country.

During the period covered in this volume, Olmsted and his partners, apprentices, and staff designed the exceptional park system of Boston and Brookline—including the Back Bay Fens, Franklin Park, and the Muddy River Improvement. The firm also designed parks for New York City, Rochester, Buffalo, and Detroit and created its most significant campus plans at Stanford University and the Lawrenceville School. On the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, Olmsted completed the grand marble terraces that he designed as a transition to his surrounding landscape.

Many of Olmsted’s most important private commissions belong to these years. He began his work at Biltmore, the vast estate of George Washington Vanderbilt, and designed Rough Point at Newport, Rhode Island, and several other estates for members of the Vanderbilt family. Olmsted wrote more frequently on the subject of landscape design during these years than in any comparable period. He would never provide a definitive treatise or textbook on landscape architecture, but the articles presented in this volume contain some of his most mature and powerful statements on the practice of landscape architecture. Click here to read more about Volume 8.

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Volume 8 Table of Contents


1882
FLO to Oakes Angier Ames, April 1882, Memorial Cairn, North Easton, MA

FLO to Elizabeth Henderson Guild, May 29, 1882: Residence, Nahant, MA

FLO to Montgomery Schuyler, August 22, 1882: Residential subdivision on upper-East Side, Manhattan

“Trees in Streets and Parks,” Sanitarian, September 1882

The Park for Detroit, November 1882:  Belle Isle, Detroit, MI

FLO, Report on Capitol Grounds, in “Annual Report of the Architect of the United States Capitol,” 1882

FLO to Worthington Whittredge:  Summit, NJ, village improvement


1883

FLO to the South Park Commission of Chicago, February 28, 1883

“Improvement of Easton's Beach,” March 13, 1883: Easton’s Beach, Newport RI

“Report of Fred’k Law Olmsted, to the Trustees of Cushing's Island Co.” May 10, 1883: Summer colony on Cushing’s Island, ME

FLO to James Cameron MacKenzie, May 21, 1883: Lawrenceville School, NJ

FLO, Report on Capitol Grounds, in “Annual Report of the Architect of the United States Capitol,” July 1883

FLO to Felker L. Temple, August 21, 1883: Back Bay Fens, Boston

FLO to Felker L. Temple, November 22, 1883, Plantings for Beacon Street Entrance, Back Bay Fens, 
Boston 

“Report of Frederick Law Olmsted, Esq. to the Park Commissioners of Wilmington, Del.,” December 22, 1883

FLO to Charles Follen McKim, December 24, 1883: Appleton estate, Lenox, MA

“Report of the Landscape Architect,” FLO to Charles Henry Dalton, December 24, 1883: Boston Parks


1884
FLO to Charles Henry Dalton, January 18, 1884: Boston Parks

FLO to Charles Townsend Hubbard, February 2, 1884: Private residence, “Ridgehurst,” Weston, MA

FLO to Felker L. Temple, March 7, 1884: Beacon Street entrance at Back Bay Fens, Boston 

FLO to John Stirling, May 12, 1884: Belle Isle, Detroit

FLO to John C. Olmsted, May 30, 1884: Belle Isle, Detroit

FLO to Salem Howe Wales, July 5, 1884: New York City parks

FLO to Charles Henry Dalton, August 26, 1884: 
Boston parks

FLO to Charles Henry Dalton, Sept. 6, 1884: Commonwealth Avenue, Boston 

FLO to John C. Olmsted, Sept. 12, 1884: “Fairsted,” Brookline, MA

FLO to Charles A. Williams, October, 1884: Memorial Park, New London, CT

FLO to Bronson C. Rumsey, November 1884: Suburban residential development, Yonkers, NY

FLO to Charles Loring Brace, November 1, 1884: Personal

FLO to Mortimer L. Smith, November 24, 1884: Belle Isle, Detroit

FLO to John C. Olmsted, Dec. 6, 1884: Boston Parks

 “Report on Back Bay Fens,” in Tenth Annual Report, Boston Park Commissioners, December 1884

 “Report on West Roxbury Park,” in Tenth Annual Report, Boston Park Commissioners, December 1884

 “Report on Wood Island Park,” in Tenth Annual Report, Boston Park Commissioners, December 1884 
 


1885
FLO to “Dear Madam,” January 16, 1885: Fences on grounds of residences

FLO to William McMillan, March 16, 1885: Buffalo parks

FLO to Stanford White, April 9, 1885: Memories of Richard Grant White

FLO to Charles A. Williams, May 9, 1885: Memorial Park, New London, CT

"On Points of View and Methods of Criticism of Public Works of Landscape Architecture," American Architect and Building News, June 20 and June 29, 1885

“Specifications for Playstead Terrace, Franklin Park,” July 30, 1885

FLO to John Daniel Crimmins, August 6, 1885: Grant’s Tomb, Riverside Park

FLO to Percival Walter St. George, December 8, 1885: Books on Landscape Architecture



 
1886
FLO to James Cameron Mackenzie, February 6, 1886: Lawrenceville School, NJ

FLO to Edward Clark, February 15, 1886: US Capitol Grounds

FLO to Charles Eliot, February 25, 1886: Eliot’s travels in Europe

FLO to Charles Eliot, March 4, 1886: Eliot’s travels in Europe

FLO to Felker L. Temple, March 15, 1886: Back Bay Fens, Boston

FLO to Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, April 6, 1886: H.H. Richardson

FLO to Endicott Peabody, April 19, 1886: Groton School, Groton, MA

FLO to Edward Payson Wilbur, April 29, 1886: Boston parks

FLO to Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, May 2, 1886: Biography of H.H. Richardson

FLO to Henry Rutgers Beekman, June 10, 1886: New York City parks

FLO to Charles Eliot, July 20, 1886: Eliot’s travels in Europe

FLO to William Dorsheimer, July 21, 1886: Niagara Falls Reservation

FLO to William Boyd Allison, July 23, 1886: U.S. Capitol Grounds

FLO to Anne Whitney, August 3, 1886, Boston Parks:  Whitney’s statue of Lief Ericcson in Boston

FLO to George W. Vanderbilt, August 9, 1886: Vanderbilt family Mausoleum, New Dorp, Staten Island

FLO to Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, August 11, 1886: Biography of H. H. Richardson  

"A Healthy Change in the Tone of the Human Heart," Century Magazine, October 1886

FLO to Richard P. Hammond, Jr., October 5, 1886: “Report on Golden Gate Park”

FLO to Charles Eliot, October 28, 1886: Eliot’s professional career

FLO to Leland Stanford, November 27, 1886: Stanford University campus

“Report on Charles River Embankment,” in Twelfth Annual Report, Boston Park Commissioners, December 1886

“The Beacon Street Plan,” December 4, 1886: Brookline, MA, streets



1887
FLO to Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, February 6, 1887:  Olmsted’s collaborations 
with Richardson

FLO to Charles Loring Brace, March 15, 1887:  Personal

FLO to Edward W. Bok, April 4, 1887: Henry Ward Beecher

FLO to Sherman Skinner Jewett, April 11, 1887: Buffalo Parks

FLO to Richard Morris Hunt, May 5, 1887: Vanderbilt family Mausoleum

FLO to Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, May 17, 1887: Niagara Reservation

FLO to Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, May 18, 1887: Niagara Reservation

FLO to Charles Allerton Coolidge, May 22, 1887: Stanford University campus

FLO to Oakes Angier Ames, June 5, 1887: Memorial Cairn, North Easton, MA

FLO to Calvert Vaux, June 30, 1887: New York City parks

FLO to John Daniel Crimmins, July 2, 1887: New York City parks

FLO to Calvert Vaux, July 9, 1887: New York City parks

FLO to William Seward Webb, July 12, 1887: Shelburne Farms, Vermont

FLO to Calvert Vaux, July 13, 1887: New York City parks

FLO to John Daniel Crimmins, July 15, 1887: New York City parks

FLO to William Fischer, July 21, 1887: Playstead Overlook in Franklin Park

FLO to Dwight Hinckley Olmstead, July 31, 1887: New York City parks

FLO to Dwight Hinckley Olmstead, August 7, 1887: New York City parks

FLO to Colonel Casimir Stanislaus Gzowski, August 15, 1887: Queen Victoria Park, Ontario

FLO to John C. Olmsted, Aug. 31, 1887: New York City parks

"On Gardening," The Art Review, Fall 1887

FLO to Alfred Dupont Chandler, September 9, 1887: Lake Sunapee Resort

General Plan for the Improvement of The Morningside Park, October 1, 1887: Morningside Park, New York City

FLO to John C. Olmsted, October 5, 1887: Playstead Overlook at Franklin Park

FLO to Robert Douglas, December 5, 1887: Boston Harbor Islands reforestation

FLO to Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, December 21, 1887: Biography of H.H. Richardson

FLO to Benjamin Dean, December 30, 1887: Boston Parks


1888
FLO to William McMillan, January 2, 1888: Buffalo Parks

FLO to William Caleb Loring, April 2, 1888: Residence, Pride’s Crossing, MA

FLO to Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, April 6, 1888: New York State Capitol

FLO to Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, April 9, 1888: New York State Capitol

"Plan for a Small Homestead” Garden & Forest, May 2, 1888

FLO to Cyrus K. Remington, May 28, 1888: Niagara Reservation

FLO to J.J.R. Croes, May 30, 1888: Vanderbilt family Mausoleum

"Terrace and Veranda--Back and Front,” Garden & Forest, June 6, 1888

FLO to William Runyon Martin, June 9, 1888: New York City parks

FLO to Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, June 14, 1888: Biography of H. H. Richardson

FLO to Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, June 29, 1888: “Rough Point” estate, Newport, RI

FLO to Frederick William Vanderbilt, August 2, 1888: “Rough Point” estate

FLO to John Daniel Crimmins, August 2, 1888: Designing of Cemeteries

FLO to Edward Mott Moore, August 5, 1888: Rochester, NY, parks

FLO to William D. Sloane, August 25, 1888: “Elm Court” estate, Lenox, MA

FLO to Edwin Fleming, October 20, 1888: Buffalo parks

FLO to Morris K. Jesup, October 20, 1888: “Belvoir Terrace” estate, Lenox, MA

"Foreign Plants & American Scenery" Garden & Forest, October 24, 1888 
 
 


1889
FLO to General Bela M. Hughes, January 15, 1889: “Lake Wauconda” summer colony, Perry Park, CO

FLO to Morris K. Jesup, January. 22, 1889: “Belvoir Terrace” estate

"Remarks About A Difficulty Peculiar To The Park Department Of City Governments,” Address to The New England Club, 26th January, 1889

FLO to the Buffalo Park Commissioners, January. 26, 1889

FLO to Edward Mott Moore, January 26, 1889: Rochester Parks

FLO to Morris Ketchum Jesup, January 31, 1889: “Belvoir Terrace” estate

“History of Streets,” (Talk to the Brookline Club, Feb. 1889)

FLO to Morris K. Jesup, February 11, 1889: “Belvoir Terrace” estate

FLO to Edward Clark, February 11, 1889: U.S. Capitol Grounds

FLO to Thomas Welch, February 16, 1889: Niagara Reservation

FLO to Richard Morris Hunt, March 2, 1889: Biltmore Estate, North Carolina

FLO to Jacob Weidenmann, March 16, 1889: Re Brooklyn Park Commission

FLO to Alpheus Hyatt, March 24, 1889: Zoo in Franklin Park, Boston

FLO to James H. Robb, March 30, 1889: New York City parks

FLO to Joseph Story Fay, April 10, 1889: New York City parks

FLO to Thomas H. Clark, April 10, 1889: Alabama State Capitol

FLO to Robert Douglas, April 18, 1889: Rochester Parks

FLO to Robert Douglas, April 18, 1889: Biltmore Estate

Observations on the Treatment of Public Plantations, More Especially Relating to the Use of the Axe, 
April 30, 1889

FLO to Alpheus Hyatt, May 6, 1889: Zoo in Franklin Park, Boston

FLO to Waldo Hutchins, June 8, 1889: New York City parks

FLO to Waldo Hutchins, June 1889: New York City parks

FLO to Edward Clark, June 11, 1889: U.S. Capitol grounds

FLO to Richard Watson Gilder, July 10, 1889: Yosemite Reservation

FLO to Thomas Seay, July 10, 1889: Alabama State Capitol

FLO to George W. Vanderbilt, July 12, 1889: Biltmore Estate

FLO to Leland Stanford, July 14, 1889: Stanford University campus

FLO to Charles Henry Dalton, July 29, 1889: Boston Parks

FLO to Thomas Harvey Clark, August 5, 1889: Reconstruction and race relations in the United States

FLO to William Fischer, August 6, 1889: Playstead Overlook, Franklin Park

FLO to Calvin C. Laney, August 9, 1889: Rochester Parks

FLO to William Fischer, August 11, 1889: Planting of Playstead Overlook

FLO to Sylvester Baxter, August 20, 1889: Lynn Woods, MA

FLO to Charles Augustus Roberts, August 20, 1889: “Lake Wauconda,” Perry Park, CO

FLO to Sylvester Baxter, September 2, 1889: Boston metropolitan parks

FLO to William Fischer, September 30, 1889: Franklin Park

“What is a Useless Fence?” American Garden, October 1889: 


FLO to Henry R. Towne, October 2, 1889: Proposed World’s Fair in NYC

FLO to Charles A. Roberts, October 5, 1889: “Lake Wauconda,” Perry Park, CO

FLO to Robert Underwood Johnson, October 9, 1889: Yosemite Reservation

FLO to Frederick William Vanderbilt, October 11, 1889, “Rough Point” estate

FLO to Charles A. Roberts, October 14, 1889: “Lake Wauconda,” Perry Park, CO

FLO to William A. Thompson, November 11, 1889: Biltmore Estate

FLO to Philip A. Chase, November 29, 1889: Lynn Woods, MA

FLO to Matthias D. Ross, [December 1889]: Zoological gardens in Boston Parks
 


1890
“To the Editor of American Florist, ‘Landscape,’” American Florist, January 15, 1890

FLO to Charles Loring Brace, January 18, 1890: Personal

FLO to James G. Gall, Jr., February 8, 1890: Biltmore Estate

Governmental Preservation of Natural Scenery, March 8, 1890