Film - Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America


NAOP is eagerly awaiting the release of Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, a 60-minute film premiering on Friday, June 20th, at 9pm ET (check local listings), and we invite you to help increase the film's impact in your community!

The film, narrated by Stockard Channing, and with Campbell Scott providing the voice of Olmsted, is a biographical presentation of the immense contributions that Olmsted made to the American landscape and the field of landscape architecture. It also captures his influence on modern principles of urban planning, sustainability, and the need for public, open greenspaces.

WNED-TV, which co-produced the film, has also created a website to accompany the film which includes many valuable resources that are already available to the public. Among them are several short web-only bonus videos, nine essays that expand the focus of the film and add a number of different perspectives, and suggested educational activities surrounding the film content and related topics.

NAOP is partnering with WNED-TV to help local Olmsted groups and others around the country organize screenings in their communities. If you are interested in organizing a screening of the film, which can be after the national broadcast date, and/or reaching out to your local PBS affiliate, please contact us!


Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America is a co‐production of WNED‐TV, Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc.

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America has been made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor and The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. With funding provided by HSBC, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and The C.E. & S. Foundation. With additional support from The Peter C. Cornell Trust and Mass Humanities.