A celebration of the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture.



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...Frederick Law Olmsted's work has passed the test of time; his work in Druid Hills set the stage and continues to influence metro Atlanta...
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Buffalo, New York

The Buffalo park system, began in 1868, was the first time that Olmsted and Vaux tried to integrate a system of parks and parkways. It was also the first attempt in America to layout a coordinated system of public parks and parkways.

Originally when Olmsted was offered the commission of designing the park, he was shown three different parcels, and asked to choose the best. He told the city to purchase all three.

Olmsted incorporated three elements into the park system: a large park, the 350 acre, Delaware Park, a large meadow park with 120 acres, and a parade ground in the inland area. Finally Olmsted and Vaux added the system of parkways all which connected the parks. These parkways excluded all commercial traffic and were aimed at extending the park experience throughout the city.

Luckily, the majority of Olmsted's designs in Buffalo are still extensively intact and represent offer one of the best examples of a coordinated system of parks and parkways. The Olmsted designed portions of the Buffalo park system are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information:

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
The Parkside Lodge
84 Parkside Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14214
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