Blooming Rock Book Club Meeting - The Legacy of the Olmsted Brothers in Portland
Our next book is the The Legacy of the Olmsted Brothers by William Hawkins.
“Terwilliger is one of the legacies of the Olmsted firm’s influence, and certainly the most fully realized of what John Charles Olmsted imagined as an embracing system of leafy green corridors.
Hawkins’s book devotes sections to the parks that emerged in the wake of Olmsted’s visit and under the tutelage of Emanuel Mische, the early Portland parks superintendent who previously worked at the Olmsted headquarters in Brookline, Mass.
Peninsula Park, Sellwood Park, Laurelhurst Park, Mount Tabor Park and others were designed to welcome surrounding neighborhoods, providing them areas of near-natural beauty as well as space for recreation. Mische found ways to blend gardens, meadows, trees and ballfields that Portlanders still celebrate today.
Hawkins also notes Portland’s unfulfilled visions and lost opportunities, such as the vanished dream of Vista Park and Ross Island Park, whose groves of trees, Olmsted predicted “will be a source of pleasure to all who live, or have to pass, within sight of it on both sides of the river.” – Oregon Live
We will be meeting on Tuesday September 6, 2016 at the North Park Blocks (NW Couch & NW Park) at 6:30pm. Now that it’s summer time, we can enjoy outdoor venues! Please bring a blanket to sit on.
Special announcement: I’m excited to announce that next month (October) the Blooming Rock Book Club will be partnering with FoRWARD (Forum for Women in Architecture and Related Design), a committee of the Portland American Institute of Architects and we’ll be reading the book Where are the Women Architects?