Steele, Fletcher

Steele, Fletcher

(1885–1971) landscape architect; born in Rochester, N.Y. In the 1920s and 1930s he introduced French modernism to American landscape design, replacing beaux arts formalism with more experimental designs. From his Boston office (1920–70) he completed some 600 commissions, including Naumkeag in Stockbridge, Mass., where he created sweeping vistas with curving walls and sculpted mounds of earth.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.