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Atlanta’s Historic Druid Hills and Chicago’s Village of Riverside

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Olmsted Linear Park Alliance presents

“Atlanta’s Historic Druid Hills and Chicago’s Village of Riverside”

A perspective on Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.’s First and Last Residential Communities

Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00 pm via Zoom conference

Please join us for a presentation about these two historic communities designed by the father of American Landscape Architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.  Noted Atlanta landscape architect and National Association for Olmsted Parks board member, Spencer Tunnell, will take us on a journey exploring how these two special communities were designed to build a sense of community, equity and greenspace for all.

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About the speaker: Spencer Tunnell, Landscape Architect

Spencer Tunnell began his private practice in landscape architecture in 1988. In addition to tackling all aspects of contemporary design, his firm has specialized in historic restoration for projects as diverse as the Nathaniel Russell house in Charleston, the Peters House for SCAD in Atlanta, the Boxwood Garden at Swan House, the 1959 modernist landscape designed by Edward Daugherty for architect Cecil Alexander, and the Goodrum House landscape for the Watson-Brown Foundation.

From 1998-2002, the firm developed a Master Plan and three phases of implementation for the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Since 1998, Spencer has worked on the implementation of the rehabilitation of the Olmsted Linear Park in Druid Hills. In March 2012, the project was awarded the Marguerite Williams Award, the top honor awarded by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

Spencer is past chair of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, has taught at the School of Environmental Design at the University of Georgia and Georgia State University and serves of the board of the Olmsted Linear Park and the National Association of Olmsted Parks. He received his degrees in Landscape Architecture and Architecture History from the University of Virginia. Currently Spencer is writing a chapter on Georgia historic gardens for a book to be published by the University of Georgia Press in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation as well as co-writing a book with Jennie Richardson on the Olmsted Linear Park.



April 27
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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