The Olmsted Brothers’ Landscape Legacy in Holyoke Text Size

Event takes place on April 02, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Library Community Room - First Floor - 250 Chestnut Street

The Olmsted Brothers’ Landscape Legacy in Holyoke         

Event Location:          Library Community Room, First Floor

Contact:          Holyoke History Room   413-420-8107


Amanda Rookey, master’s degree candidate in Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, will share her research into the work of the Olmsted Brothers in Holyoke. In 1907, John Charles and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., son and stepson of the renowned landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted, came to Holyoke at the request of Mayor Nathan Avery.  The Olmsted Brothers investigated the history and condition of four Holyoke parks (Springdale, Elmwood, Pulaski, and Jones Point) and produced detailed recommendations for how to protect and develop Holyoke’s natural beauty. Rookey’s research compares the historical parks to the existing park system and to heritage parks in other industrial cities in New England. On April 2, she will lecture and lead a discussion on the interconnection of landscape, community, history and aesthetics in Holyoke.

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