Olmsted, John Charles

Olmsted, John Charles

(1852–1920) landscape architect; born in Geneva, Switzerland. Adopted by his uncle, Frederick Law Olmsted when he was seven, he worked on survey expeditions in Nevada before joining the firm in 1875, becoming a full partner in 1884. Renamed Olmsted Brothers (1898–1920), the firm flourished under his expert management and he designed comprehensive park systems for cities across America. The first president of the Society of American Landscape Architects, he drew up the codes of practice for the profession and championed the preservation of outstanding scenic vistas from haphazard zoning.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.