Documentary Highlights Olmsted’s Flair For Urban Planning

The Arnold Arboretum, a key link in Olmsted's Emerald Necklace. (Chris Devers/Flickr)

The Arnold Arboretum, a key link in Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace. (Chris Devers/Flickr)

Frederick Law Olmsted is the pioneering 19th century landscape architect who designed some of the country’s best known and best loved urban green spaces including Central Park in New York and Boston’s Emerald Necklace. A new documentary about this man says that Olmstead didn’t just design city parks, he was instrumental in designing America.

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” is screening Wednesday night at the Museum of Fine Arts.


Lawrence Hott, documentary filmmaker of almost 24 films, including “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America.”


Radio Boston: Boston’s Parks Keep Frederick Law Olmsted’s Legacy

  • “The Back Bay Fens, Franklin Park, the Emerald Necklace. Jewels of outdoor Boston, and all creations of legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.”

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