Join the Friends of Olmsted-Beil House for a fascinating presentation by Justin Martin, author of Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted. Justin will highlight Olmsted’s travels to England while he lived at Tosomock Farm on Staten Island, and his subsequent writings about these travels. Olmsted departed from Staten Island for a walking tour of England in April 1850, returned in October, and both wrote (1851) and published (1852) his observations in Walks and Talks of an American farmer in England while on Staten Island. Justin will discuss how these travels influenced Olmsted’s social thinking and landscape designs.
Though often overlooked due to his association with Frederick Law Olmsted, Calvert Vaux is an important figure in American architecture in his own right. A classically-trained architect, talented artist, and collaborator with landscape designer Andrew Jackson Downing, he had already done major projects before working with Olmsted on Central Park, and would continue to design parks and public buildings after their partnership dissolved. To mark Vaux’ 197th birthday, we will examine his 40-year career in New York City, his distinctive architectural style, and his legacy of designing buildings and landscapes for the public good, including museums, parks both large and small, and housing for the poor.
- Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance
- Olana State Historic Site
- Prospect Park Alliance
- Calvert Vaux (1857) Villas and Cottages (Open Library)
- “Sketches from Prospect Park, Brooklyn,” Manufacturer and Builder, May 1870
- Andrew Jackson Downing, “A Talk about Public Parks and Gardens,” The Horticulturist, Oct 1848
- Francis R. Kowsky (2003) Country, Park, & City: The Architecture and Life of Calvert Vaux
- WATCH: Restoring the Concert Grove Pavilion