Community By Design

In 1883, Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. moved from New York City to Brookline, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb that anointed itself the “richest town in the world.” For the next half century, until his son Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. relocated to California in 1936, the Olmsted firm received over 150 local commissions, serving as the dominant force in the planned development of this community. 

Little has been published on the importance of Brookline as a laboratory and model for the Olmsted firm’s work. This beautifully illustrated book provides important new perspective on the history of planning in the United States and illuminates an aspect of the Olmsted office that has not been well understood.

Written by Keith N. Morgan, Elizabeth Hope Cushing, & Roger G. Reed 
320 pages
Published by University of Massachusetts, Amherst & Boston, in association with Library of American Landscape History, 2013
Hardcover
7 x 10 inches



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