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Community by Design
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In 1883, Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. moved from New York City to Brookline, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb that annointed itself the “richest town in the world.” For the next half century, until his son Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. relocated to California in 1936, the Olmsted firm received over 150 local commissions, serving as the dominant force in the planned development of this community. From Fairsted, the Olmsteds’ Brookline home and office, the firm collaborated with an impressive galaxy of suburban neighbors who were among the regional and national leaders in the fields of architecture and horticulture, among them Henry Hobson Richardson and Charles Sprague Sargent. Through plans for boulevards and parkways, residential subdivisions, institutional commissions, and private gardens, the Olmsted firm carefully guided the development of the town, as they designed cities and suburbs across America. While Olmsted Sr. used landscape architecture as his vehicle for development, his son and namesake saw Brookline as grounds for experiment in the new profession of city and regional planning, a field that he was helping to define and lead. Little has been published on the importance of Brookline as a laboratory and model for the Olmsted firm’s work. This beautifully illustrated book provides important new perspective on the history of planning in the United States and illuminates an aspect of the Olmsted office that has not been well understood.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 7-7
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. 8-8
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  1. Dedication Page
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 13-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-2
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. 1. Brookline before Olmsted
  2. pp. 7-18
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  1. 2. Olmsted before Brookline
  2. pp. 19-40
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  1. 3. Henry Hobson Richardson
  2. pp. 41-66
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  1. 4. The Design Community
  2. pp. 67-94
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  1. 5. Charles Sprague Sargent
  2. pp. 95-136
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  1. 6. The Planning Context
  2. pp. 137-176
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  1. 7. The Institutional Context
  2. pp. 177-198
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  1. 8. The Neighborhood Context
  2. pp. 199-226
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  1. Conclusion: Landscape into Townscape
  2. pp. 227-232
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  1. Appendix A: Olmsted Design Projects in Brookline
  2. pp. 233-236
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  1. Appendix B: Architects and Landscape Architects in Brookline
  2. pp. 237-238
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  1. Appendix C: Statement as to Professional Methods and Charges, 1902
  2. pp. 239-242
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  1. Appendix D: Collaborative Projects of H. H. Richardson and F. L. Olmsted Sr.
  2. pp. 243-244
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  1. Appendix E: Collaborative Commissions of the Olmsted Office in Brookline
  2. pp. 245-246
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  1. Appendix F: Brookline Projects of Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. Appendix G: Brookline Projects of Peabody & Stearns
  2. pp. 249-252
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  1. Appendix H: The Brookline Commissions of Andrews, Jaques & Rantoul
  2. pp. 253-256
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  1. Appendix I: Town Green and Green Hill Properties with Olmsted Connections
  2. pp. 257-260
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 261-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-302
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 322-322
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