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.