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The Pioneering Parkways in American Cities of Fredrick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux

Tuesday, August 27, 2019: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Venue: The Filson Historical Society

Add To Calendar   27/08/2019 18:00:00 27/08/2019 19:00:00 America/Anguilla The Pioneering Parkways in American Cities of Fredrick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux Tuesday, August 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Dr. David Ames shares the evolution and significance of Fredrick Law Olmsted's parkway. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208 The Filson Historical Society info@filsonhistorical.org false DD/MM/YYYY


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While much attention has been given to the parks of Frederick Law Olmsted, this presentation looks the evolution and significance of the Olmsted parkway.  After looking at the design principles for the original Olmsted/Vaux parkway, the presentation tracks how his parkway evolved into a metropolitan transportation planning framework as reflected in his successive plans for Brooklyn and Buffalo, which culminated in his most sophisticated metropolitan park system in Louisville in 1891.  It argues that Olmsted’s parkways have actually had a greater impact on the American landscape than his parks.

David Ames is Professor Emeritus of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, Geography, and Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware. He received his A. B. in Geography and A.M. in Geography and Regional Science from George Washington University and his Ph.D. from Clark University.



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