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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

The Fall and Rise of Central Park

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In the decades after Olmsted’s death, many of the parks he created were neglected and misused. For Central Park in New York City, the low point came in the 1970s. The Central Park Conservancy was founded 1980 to bring the park back. Its mission statement: To make the park clean, safe, and beautiful. By the late 1980s, Olmsted and Vaux’s original vision for Central Park had been largely restored.

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Buffalo's Richardson Olmsted Complex

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

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Buffalo's Richardson Olmsted Complex

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York

Exploring the role of Frederick Law Olmsted in the Buffalo parks system and Niagara Falls.

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

A biography of the man who made public parks an essential part of American life.

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A biography of the man who made public parks an essential part of American life.

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Louisville: From Olmsted to the 21st Century

A 4,000 acre is being built in the Olmsted tradition for the city of Louisville, Kentucky.

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Louisville: From Olmsted to the 21st Century

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Photography and Design in Olmsted’s Boston Parks

Olmsted pioneered the use of photography to show before, during, and after construction.

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Photography and Design in Olmsted’s Boston Parks

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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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The Best Planned City in the World

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

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