Thank you for joining us for a showcase of Frederick Law Olmsted’s first & last residential communities

OLPA Presents “Atlanta’s Historic Druid Hills and Chicago’s Village of Riverside”
A Perspective on Frederick Law Olmsted’s First & Last Residential Communities

Event Sponsors: OLPA and ASLA Georgia

The work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, spans decades and his contributions to the beauty of our cities endures today. The 200th anniversary of Olmsted’s birth will be celebrated nationally in April 2022.

As part of the prelude to this bi-centennial commemoration, Olmsted Linear Park Alliance (OLPA) hosted a presentation on Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom to showcase and compare Olmsted’s first and last residential communities – Riverside, Illinois, outside of Chicago, designed in 1869, and Druid Hills in Atlanta, Georgia, designed in 1893.

Noted Atlanta landscape architect and National Association for Olmsted Parks board member, Spencer Tunnell, will take us on a journey through time to explore how these two special communities were designed to build a sense of community, equity and greenspace for all. “Olmsted’s residential designs reflect his concern for humanity, his love of nature and his belief in the importance of community,” says Mr. Tunnell. “I look forward to sharing how these two historic communities remain living testaments to Olmsted’s principles and how we can carry them forward.”

These first and last Olmsted-designed communities share innovative and naturalistic landscape plans, featuring parks, vistas, winding roads and native plantings. “Riverside and Druid Hills have such a wonderful Olmsted heritage, and this lecture is a marvelous opportunity to learn more,” says Cathy Maloney, board member and former President of the Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riverside. “We are excited about this opportunity to collaborate with the Druid Hills community in Atlanta to share the gifts of Olmsted’s vision.”

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This presentation is made possible through the generous support of the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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