Jennifer Ott discusses 'Olmsted in Seattle: Creating A Park System for a Modern City'
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Jennifer Ott discusses 'Olmsted in Seattle: Creating A Park System for a Modern City'
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryLearn the story of how Seattle came to have an Olmsted park system and what the park system has meant to the city.
View in Catalog"Olmsted in Seattle" by Jennifer Ott
DescriptionIn the midst of galloping growth at the turn of the 20th century, Seattle's city leaders seized on the confluence of a roaring economy with the City Beautiful movement to hire the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm to design a park and parkway system. Their 1903 plan led to a supplemental plan, a playground plan, numerous park and boulevard designs, changes to park system management, and a ripple effect, as the Olmsted Brothers were hired to design public and private landscapes throughout the region. The park system shaped Seattle's character and continues to play a key role in the city's livability today.

Join us for a talk by Jennifer Ott about how research for the book revealed new details in the story of how Seattle came to have an Olmsted park system and what the park system has meant to the city. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Jennifer Ott is an environmental historian and assistant director of HistoryLink. She is the co-author of Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal with David B. Williams and general editor and contributing author of the recently published Seattle at 150: Stories of the City Through 150 Objects from the Seattle Municipal Archives. She has served on the board of the Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks and the Volunteer Park Trust steering committee.

ABOUT OUR PARTNERS:

Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks (FSOP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Seattle’s unique Olmsted landscape heritage and raising awareness of the Olmsted philosophy of providing open space for all people.

HistoryLink is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1997 to pioneer innovative approaches to historical research, education, and publishing. Its primary public service activity is production of HistoryLink.org, the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history. HistoryLink partners with Documentary Media to publish books about the people, places, and events that have shaped Washington’s history.
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