Midwestern Landscape Architecture

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William H. Tishler
University of Illinois Press, 2004 - Architecture - 256 pages
This richly illustrated collection profiles the bold innovators in landscape architecture who, around the turn of the twentieth century, ventured into the nation's heartland to develop a new style of design celebrating the native midwestern landscape.
The pioneers of landscape architecture in the Midwest are responsible for creating some of the most recognizable parks, cemeteries, recreation areas, and other public gathering places in the region. Midwestern Landscape Architecture includes essays on Adolph Strauch, who introduced a new concept of visually integrated landscape treatment in Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery; William Le Baron Jenney, designer of Chicago's diverse West Parks; and Jens Jensen, who created the American Garden in Union Park in Chicago (a celebration of native flora) and founder of The Clearing, a unique school of the arts and humanities in Wisconsin. Other major figures include Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., co-designer of New York's Central Park, whose work in the Midwest included the layout of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, and Ossian Cole Simonds, who helped reconcile the formal approach of the City Beautiful movement with the naturalism of the Prairie School in urban park design.
This volume also details the contributions of crusaders for ecological awareness and an appreciation of the region's natural heritage. These include horticultural writer Wilhelm Miller, who spread the ideals of the Prairie style, and Genevieve Gillette, a landscape architect and conservationist whose preservation efforts led to the establishment of numerous Michigan state parks and wilderness areas.
Midwestern Landscape Architecture fosters a better understanding of how landscape design took shape in the Midwest and how the land itself inspired new solutions to enhance its understated beauty. Despite Olmsted's assessment of the Illinois prairie as "one of the most tiresome landscapes that I ever met with," the Midwest has amassed an important legacy of landscape design that continues to influence how people interact with their environment in the heartland.

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Adolph Strauch Cincinnati and the Legacy of Spring Grove Cemetery
Horace Cleveland The Chicago Years
Frederick Law Olmsted Designing for Democracy in the Midwest
William Le Baron Jenney and Chicagos West Parks From Prairie to PleasureGrounds
Ossian Cole Simonds Conversation Ethic in the Prairie Style
George Edward Kessler Landscape Architect of the American Renaissance
Jens Jensen The Landscape Architect as Conservationist
Warren H Manning and His Minnesota Clients Developing a National Practice in a Landscape of Resources 18981919
The Olmsted Brothers in the Midwest Naturalism Formalism and the City Beautiful Movement
Wilhelm Miller Prairie Spirit in Landscape Gardening
Elbert Peets History as Precedent in Midwestern Landscape Design
Genevieve Gillette From Thrift Gardens to National Parks
Annette Hoyt Flanders From Beaux Arts to Modernism

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William H. Tishler is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects and a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the editor of American Landscape Architecture: Designers and Places.

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