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Thomas Herrera-Mishler: Revitalization of Olmsted Parks – September 8, 2014

Thomas relates history of the Olmsted Brothers, influential landscape architects and sons of the eminent landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Examples of their designs in various U.S. cities, displaying their principles of green belts, wide avenues etc. are presented.

Seattle’s park system was created in 1902-1908. Most of its major parks and the layout of the UW were designed or influenced by the Olmsted Brothers’ model. Like Seattle, Buffalo, New York is home to one of the best Olmsted-planned park systems. Thomas Herrera-Mishler, President and CEO of Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservatory, discusses the successful restoration of Buffalo’s park system and the surrounding neighborhoods. He’ll share how Buffalo’s success could be applied to Seattle, restoring the city’s heritage parks to their original condition.

Includes a showing of “The Best Planned City in the World”. Presented by: Seattle Parks Foundation. This event is co-sponsored by The Volunteer Park Trust and Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks.

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