Presentation about Atlanta’s Historic Druid Hills and Chicago’s Village of Riverside Showcases Olmsted’s First and Last Residential Communities

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 at home and nationally in April 2022. 

As a prelude to this bi-centennial commemoration, Olmsted Linear Park Alliance (OLPA) on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom will showcase and compare Olmsted’s first and last residential communities – Riverside, Illinois, outside of Chicago, designed in 1869, and Druid Hills in Atlanta, 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. 

To learn more about Olmsted Linear Park Alliance and to register for the one-hour presentation via Zoom, please visit www.atlantaolmstedpark.orgThis presentation is made possible through the generous support of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. 

You’re also invited to celebrate Olmsted’s birthday through Olmsted 200, an exclusive opportunity to watch Olmsted and America’s Public Parks online anytime between April 24-25. The next day, April 26, from 5:30-6:30 PM (EDT), join a live panel discussion moderated by TIMEMagazine’s Justin Worland with Dr. Thaisa Way, Happy Haynes, and Justin DiBerardinis.

Directed by Rebecca Messner, this documentary highlights iconic Olmsted projects across the country and provides a look into his multifaceted life. Some of the featured projects include Central Park, Prospect Park, and the Emerald Necklace.

Register today to attend this birthday celebration event. You will then receive a free, personal watch party link in an email on April 23 to join in the fun starting April 24.