A Clearing in the Distance

by Witold Rybczynski
Category: "U.S. History - Cultural"
Pages:422
Year of Publication:1999
Date Read:01/02/2001
Notes:Subtitle: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century. Biography of Olmsted, the landscape architect who designed Central Park, the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and many other famous parks. It describes Olmsted's activities as farmer, journalist and architect.
My Rating: 8

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Review - A Clearing in the Distance

This might not be to everyone's taste, but I enjoyed it. I first became aware of Olmstead when I toured the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Along the entrance road, the higher up the roadside hills, the taller the trees. This makes the hills seem much taller, and gives the impression you're driving through a canyon. From the house, the vistas across the grounds to the French Broad River were like paintings. It was stunningly beautiful, and I've been interested in Olmstead ever since.
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