Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

Premiered Summer 2014

To Olmsted, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. Olmsted’s efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics. With gorgeous cinematography, and compelling commentary this film presents the biography of a man whose parks and preservation are an essential part of American life.

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America has been made possible by a grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor and The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. With additional funding from HSBC, The Tiffany & Company Foundation, The C.E. & S. Foundation, Peter C. Cornell Trust and Mass Humanities.

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

Buffalo's Richardson Olmsted Complex

The Richardson Olmsted Complex was designed by architect H.H. Richardson an Olmsted ally.

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

The Best Planned City in the World

Developing the nation’s first park system and creating a park at Niagara Falls, NY.

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Olmsted and Chicago

Olmsted designs a residential community, major parks, and the World’s Exposition.

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

The Fall and Rise of Central Park

In the 1970s Central Park in New York City was neglected and misused.

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

Frederick Law Olmsted - Preview

Premieres Friday, June 20, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.

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