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Master List of Design Projects

New York Book Reviews

The Master List of Design Projects of the Olmsted Firm 1857–1979is the comprehensive guide to the work of the landscape architecture firm founded by Frederick Law Olmsted. Searchable by project type and location and comprising over 6,000 jobs, the Master List includes new research, illustrations and essays that demonstrate the importance of the Olmsted firm in an accessible format so that the variety and geographic distribution of the work is comprehensible to diverse users.

Intended as a resource for both research and public education, The Master List of Design Projects of the Olmsted Firm 1857–1979 serves a diverse audience, from landscape architects and Olmsted scholars to public officials and park managers, by providing a comprehensive guide to the complete portfolio of the Olmsted firm, including over 6,000 projects throughout the U.S., Canada and other nations. In its richly illustrated and visually accessible format, it is tangible evidence of the importance and breadth of the work of the Olmsted firm produced by individuals recognized as pioneers in the field of landscape architecture. Furthermore, this publication represents a major volunteer effort that brought together a broad spectrum of individuals devoted to preserving and continuing the Olmsted legacy.

Edited by Lucy Lawliss, Caroline Loughlin and Lauren Meier with essays by Julia S. Bachrach, Charles E. Beveridge, Ethan Carr, Lee Farrow Cook, Rolf Diamant, Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, Susan Klaus, Francis Kowsky, Arleyn Levee, Catherine Nagel, Anthony Reed and Jill Trebbe. Published by the National Association for Olmsted Parks and the National Park Service, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.


  • In 2009, the Master List received a 2009 Honors Award from the American Association for Landscape Architects, calling it "an  important volume for all landscape architects and urban planners to track and research Olmsted projects in their cities."Click here for comprehensive information.
  • The Boston Society of Landscape Architects bestowed its highest honor, the 2009 Award of Excellence, on the Master List.
  • The Foundation for Landscape Studies honored the Master List with the 2009 Brinckerhoff
    for "...significant contributions to the study and understanding of garden history and landscape studies.

When the field of landscape preservation and our awareness of the Olmsted design legacy was in its promising infancy, the Master List of Design Projects of the Olmsted Firm was the essential reference. Twenty years later, this new edition, brought to life with contemporary photography and evocative essays, is as much a cause of celebration as the hundreds of Olmsted designs that have been preserved and interpreted by communities all across America. —Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, Founder and President, The Cultural Landscape Foundation

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