Heard on the Hill

House Resolution Misspells Name of Architect Who Dreamed Up Central Park

Frederick Law Olmsted designed the Summerhouse on NE side of Capitol

Construction on Frederick Law Olmsted’s Summerhouse on the Northeast side of the U.S. Capitol concluded in the early 1880s, according to the Architect of the Capitol. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Administration committee introduced Thursday a measure, “Authorizing the printing of ‘United States Capitol Grounds: Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmstead’s Design for Democracy” as a House document.

It’s Olmsted. No ‘A’. He’s a famous architect.

If you’ve ever walked around Central Park in New York or explored parts of the Capitol grounds, you’ve experienced his work.

Here’s more on Olmsted from the Architect of the Capitol:

In 1873, Congress commissioned Olmsted to design the enlarged grounds of the U.S. Capitol. After careful study, in June 1874 he presented a plan for a sophisticated landscape that highlighted the building it surrounded. His symmetrical design incorporated park-like edging, low walls, lamps, careful placement of trees and simple shrubs, and a series of curved walkways that afforded attractive views of the Capitol. Olmsted later added a brick summerhouse to his design to provide visitors with a drinking fountain and a cool place to rest.

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