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Sep. 23 Wrote to Boston Park Commissioners on lay-out of a park at West Roxbury (later Franklin Park).
D e c ' r Asked to be one of two experts to conduct the first Civil Service examination in landscape gardening given by New York Department of Public Parks for position "superintendent of gardening."
1885: Work for City of Boston (Back Bay, Wood Island, West Roxbury Parks, and Massachusetts Avenue), Town of Brookline (new street lay-out Harvard Street—Aspinwall Avenue region), Amherst and Smith Colleges, Groton and Lawrenceville Schools, Boston and Albany Railroad (Palmer and Wellesley Hills), McLean Asylum, Cairn Memorial at North Easton, Billings Library at Burlington, and fifteen or twenty private clients.
1886: List of clients during the year includes: U. S. Capitol, Niagara, Stanford University, a Society at Amherst, Lawrenceville School, Groton School, McLean Asylum, Newport Hospital (land subdivision), Rotch Memorial Church, B. & A. Palmer Station, Brookline Country Club, Boston and Buffalo Parks, Bridgeport Park, New York Riverside Park, a half dozen land subdivisions in Brookline (including Beacon Street region) and Buffalo, Vanderbilt Tomb, Andrew Carnegie, and about thirty other private clients.
Report: Notes on the Plan of Franklin Park and related matters, printed.
Mar. 16 Had just been to Lenox where he had "been advising a Vanderbilt colony."
Aug't Started for California, in connection with proposed university for Governor Stanford. En route, visited Minneapolis parks and saw H. W. S. Cleveland there.
Sep. 29 "Site settled at last" for new University at Palo Alto.
Sep. 30 In San Francisco and "hope to see the park" (twenty years after his original design of 1866). Visit followed by brief report (printed).
Oct. 17 Reached Boston from California.
1887: Work going on especially for Boston and Buffalo Parks, two land subdivisions in Brookline and one or two in Buffalo, and Arboretum for Dr. Webb at Shelburne, Vt. Studies being made for a report on National Zoo at Washington.
General plan for the improvement of the Niagara Reservation, by F. L. Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, printed by the State of New York.
Interested by Professor Sargent in the founding of Garden and Forest, a journal to promote the landscape art. During the illness of the directing editor Professor Sargent, Mr. Olmsted undertook much work in connection with the magazine.
Jan. 26 From Salt Lake City, having visited Black Rock, Garfield, and Lake Point, writes to C. F. Adams, President of Union Pacific Railroad in regard to proposed hotel development at Garfield.
F e b' y Sounded in regard to advice to Canadian Commissioner of Niagara. (Letter of advice sent in August.)
Apr. 20 Appointed at a meeting of Board, Department of Public Parks of New York City, Landscape Architect Advisory to the Board. Subsequently visits made and advice given mainly in regard to Morningside and Riverside Parks. Connection suspended by Mr. Olmsted, July 1887. General Plan for Morningside Park, with Calvert Vaux, printed. Received check July 5, for "consultation as to Riverside etc. last year."
Oct'r Trip to California in connection with the development of Leland Stanford Jr. University.
Dec'r Report in letter to chairman of the Park Commission, St. Catherine's, Ontario, for Montebello Park.
1888: Major public work, for parks of Buffalo and Rochester, N. Y.; Leland Stanford Jr. University; park system report (with J. C. Olmsted) for Pawtucket, R. I. Advice or plans given for Redstone Mining town, and land subdivisions at Brookline (Corey Hill), Chestnut Hill, Readville, and Swampscott, Mass., Newport, R.I., Buffalo, and several other places, and for proposed hotel at Lake Sunapee; also for a large number of private estates and for Groton and Lawrenceville Schools. Requests for designing two cemeteries refused.
Aug't Engaged in preliminary discussion of proposed Biltmore estate for Mr. George W. Vanderbilt, at Asheville, N. C. Survey begun in October.
1889: Henry Sargent Codman taken into partnership. Firm name: F. L. Olmsted & Co.
Advice to New York Department of Parks against
Advice on park matters given to Arlington, New-
Report on Central Park published: Observations on the Treatment of Public Plantations, prepared with J. B. Harrison at instance of West Side Improvement Association, New York City.
Feb. 25 Read paper at Brookline Club: Our Roads and What They are leading us to.
April Advice to the Governor of Alabama in regard to State Capitol grounds at Montgomery.
June "Getting figures for marble fountain on Capitol terrace" at Washington. Also visited Biltmore.
Aug. 6 Addressed as Consulting Landscape Architect, New York Department of Public Parks.
Sep'r Asked to give his views on sites in New York City for World's Columbian Fair, and aided movement against proposed location in Central Park.
Nov'r Advice to Lynn (Mass.) Park Commissioners in regard to Lynn Woods. (Report on this subject printed 1892.)
D e c ' r Advice to Newburgh on Downing Park. Calvert Vaux associated on report.
Earl of Meath suggested that Mr. Olmsted go to London to advise Meath's commission on the beautifying of the old burial grounds of London.
1890: "My office is much better equipped and has more momentum than ever before.'' "I am at this time (with my partners) the landscape architect of twenty works of considerable importance, that is to say, I do not include in that ordinary private grounds. Nine of these twenty are large public parks of cities; two, government works; three, works of commercial corporations; one, of a benevolent corporation, and six, private undertakings of such character as to make them matters of public interest, operations on them being systematically reported in the newspapers." (The works of commercial corporations alluded to were land subdivisions, and the cities to which advice on park matters had been rendered particularly at this time included Boston,—Marine and Wood Island Park reports printed 1890,—Rochester, New York City, Wilmington, and Hartford. The most important private work was Biltmore, the new Vanderbilt estate at Asheville, N. C, the remainder mentioned being other Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Twombly estates.)
Collection of United States Sanitary Commission