October 25, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Past, Present, and Future of Olmsted Landscapes in Chicago


Field Columbian Museum, Jackson Park, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, Newberry Library.

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Past, Present, and Future of Olmsted Landscapes in Chicago

Widely recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) was the pre-eminent creator of the nation’s parks and greenspaces. In Chicago, Olmsted is known for his visionary designs for Jackson and Washington Parks and the Midway Plaisance, his redesign of Jackson Park for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, and the transformation of the site back into parkland after the fair. While these greenspaces have been enjoyed by generations, their preservation has and continues to present a diverse set of challenges.

In celebration of Olmsted’s 200th birthday, join park historian Julia Bachrach, photographer and past Washington Park Camera Club president Duane Savage, and landscape designer and preservationist Patricia O’Donnell for a conversation about the past, present, and future of Chicago’s Olmsted parks.

This program is co-presented by the Hyde Park Historical Society, Washington Park Camera Club, and Chicago Architecture Center as part of Open House Chicago.