Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing the American Landscape, Charles E. Beveridge and Paul Rocheleau, 1995

A beautiful volume featuring dozens of spectacular photos of Olmsted landscapes including parks and park systems (Central Park and Prospect Park, NYC, Boston, Buffalo, Louisville, Rochester), residential communities (Riverside, IL), academic campuses (Stanford) and residential institutions (McLean), homes (Fairsted), the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Biltmore Estate, and various sites in the West.  The introductory two chapters provide an ample biography of Olmsted (1822, Hartford, CT-1903, Belmont, MA) who is widely considered to be the father of America’s public parks and of the discipline of landscape architecture.