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William Law Olmstead

Rita (View posts)
Posted: 31 Jan 2000 2:23PM GMT
I believe that William Olmstead is my gggggrandfather or gggggrand uncle. According to my grandmother, her mother would take her to Central Park in NYC and tell her about how William designed it. Anyone have any info on This man? Please respond by email. Thanks.

Central Park

Posted: 31 Jan 2000 3:12PM GMT
Edited: 21 Aug 2001 2:49AM GMT
I think the designer of Central Park was Frederick Law Olmstead.

central park

ginny olmstead purcell (View posts)
Posted: 4 Feb 2000 8:36AM GMT
Frederick Law Olmsted, along with Calvert Vaux, submitted the winning design, called "Greensward". On April 28, 1858
it was accepted as the design to be used for "Central Park". Frederick went on to design many other parks including the Biltmore gardens in Asheville, NC, The White House grounds in DC, Baltimore Park
system, MD, Buffalo Park System,NY, Yosemite National Park,CA, just to name a few. His sons took over in later yields. The firm was called Olmsted Brothers run by sons John Charles and Frederick Jr. They each had families. Perhaps it was this generation to whom you can trace your ancestry. Do not be thrown off by Olmsted and Olmstead. I have found both spellings among siblings and frederick's Grandfather used Olmstead. Good luck in your search!
Ginny

Re:Central Park

Rita (View posts)
Posted: 4 Feb 2000 2:25PM GMT
Thanks for the info. I'll look into the relationships.

mistake on olmstead

Rita (View posts)
Posted: 18 Feb 2000 10:43AM GMT
I recently posted a message about William Law Olmstead. Thanks Deana, it is Frederick Law Olmstead I am talking about after talking to my aunt. Thanks for catching the mistake. Any info out there?

Frederick Law Olmstead reference books

Sherry Brandsema (View posts)
Posted: 26 Jun 2000 6:08AM GMT
Lots of books and also a museum in Brookline related to Frederick Law Olmstead. Check with local library reference. also check books on the architecture firm of Mead, McKim, and white as he collaborated with them. Hope this helps.

Fredrick Law Olmstead

Posted: 4 Jul 2000 5:10PM GMT
Edited: 18 Jul 2001 11:27PM GMT
Ginnie,
Just read your message about Fredrick Law Olmstead having sons. I have never heard this before and every time I have checked no one seems to know if he ever married. I live in the Buffalo NY area. We have some wonderful parks and an Olmstead preservation society here. Can you tell me where I might find more info on Fredrick Law? Am also looking for a genealogy of Olmsteads in Canada. Thanks for any help. Ellen

Frederick Law Olmstead relative?

Posted: 8 Jul 2000 3:32PM GMT
Edited: 22 Jun 2001 7:40AM GMT
I have a magazine picture of Frederick Law Olmsted. The reason I cut it out is because he resembled my father so much in appearance that I felt he must be a close relative. See Yankee Magazine's recent review of the last century (December,'99 or January '00, page 51).
My father's mother was an Olmstead, born about 1975, and his grandfather, my gr. grandfather, was a George Olmstead who lived well into the beginning of the 1900's. Please contact me, nanhiker@aol.com, if you can help me put any of this relationship together. I really want to know about my grandmother and her ancestors.

FLO wife children

Ginny (View posts)
Posted: 12 Jul 2000 1:12PM GMT
Hi Ellen! Frederick law Olmsted married his brother's (John Hull Olmsted) widow, Mary Cleveland Perkins Olmsted, 06/13/1859. He legally adopted the three children, John Charles (who later worked with him),Charlotte, Owen Frederick(died in 1884, age 24) Frederick and Mary had four children: 6/14/1860 John Theodore (died at age two months), 10/28/1861 a daughter Marion, Nov 1866 a male child who lived just six hours, and 07/24/1870 Frederick law Olmstead Jr. who carried on the famous name and work. There are several good books on FLO. One that I know is in print at this time is A CLEARING IN THE DISTANCE Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century by Witold Rybczynski published by Scribner. Barnes Nobles had it in stock here in NC. My father's family lived in Poplar Ridge NY (I think thats in Cayuga County but not certain) What a beautiful area! Wish I had some Canadian sources for you but don't. P.S. I think my favorite FLO book is out of print but it's worth checking the library for: It is PARK MAKER a Life of Frederick Law Olmsted by Elizabeth Stevenson published by MacMillan publishing co. 1977

Fredrick Law Olmstead

Posted: 12 Jul 2000 2:21PM GMT
Edited: 18 Jul 2001 11:27PM GMT
Ginny,
Thank you for the information about Fredrick Law Olmstead
We are truly blessed in this area with some of his wonderful parks. A place to rest and know that there is still beauty and silence.
Ellen
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