FRIENDS OF SEATTLE'S OLMSTED PARKS
board & staff resources

OUR MISSION:
FSOP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Seattle's unique Olmsted landscape heritage and raising awareness of the Olmsted philosophy of providing open space for all people.

HISTORY OF SEATTLE'S OLMSTED LANDSCAPES
 
Brief history of the Olmsted legacy in Seattle:
   
Timeline of Seattle park history and the Olmsted's work in Seattle:
   

Interactive Map: Olmsted Parks in Seattle
To use this wonderful resource produced by HistoryLink:
1) Click on the link at right
2) Scroll half way down the page and click on "New- Olmsted Parks in Seattle" on the right side of the page

 
Interactive Map
 
   
The Seattle Parks and Recreation website is also a great resource for information about the Olmsted legacy and individual park landscapes. Parks History


FSOP BOARD MEMBERS

Jennifer Ott, President - Historian
Jenifer Rees, Secretary - Landscape Architect
Jim Gale, Treasurer - Public Health Professor Emeritus, UW

Eliza Davidson - Achitect/Landscape Designer/Urban Forester
National Association for Olmsted Parks Trustee
David Dougherty - Business Owner
Aaron Luoma - Landscape Architect

Ben Streissguth - Co-manager, Streissguth Gardens

Doug Bayley - Volunteer Park Trust

Eliot Mueting - UW Environmental Planning student
Theresa Neylon - Landscape Architect
Richard Piacentini - Magnolia Boulevard Restoration Project
Andy Mitton - Landscape Architect
Kathleen Conner - SPR Ex Officio
Bob Baines - SPR Ex Officio


ADVISORY BOARD
Jerry Arbes - Designer/Planner, Olmsted Researcher
John Barber - Open Space Advocates, Friends of Frink Park
Susan Black - Past FSOP Board Chair, Landscape Architect
Donald Harris - Seattle Parks and Recreation, Manager;
National Association for Olmsted Parks Former Trustee
Joan Hockaday - Historian
Gretchen Hull - Past FSOP President
Douglas Jackson - Past FSOP President, Landscape Architect
Nancy Keith - Former Executive Director Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Anne Knight - Designer/Planner, Olmsted Researcher
Brooks Kolb - Landscape Architect, Past FSOP President
Kate Krafft - King County Landmark Coordinator
Duse McLean - Publisher, Author, Walking Tour Leader
Sue Nicol - Past FSOP Vice President, Horticulturist/ Certified Arborist
Carla Rickerson - UW Special Collections; Founding FSOP Board Member

Virginia Wilcox - Past Member Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board

RESOURCES
   

SEATTLE

 
Interactive Map: Olmsted Parks in Seattle
   
To use this wonderful resource produced by HistoryLink:
   1) Click on the link at right
   2) Scroll half way down the page and click on
       "New- Olmsted Parks in Seattle" on the right side of the page
 
 
   
Videos: 2 short documentaries on the Olmsted Legacy and the history of the Seattle Park System are available on the Seattle Parks and Recreation website
    The Seattle Channel's Celebrating our Olmsted Legacy
    HistoryLink's History of the Seattle Parks System
   
NATIONAL    
Olmsted Research Guide Online

A database including records from the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (Fairsted) in Brookline, MA. and the Olmsted Associates Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Much of the material at both collections has been entered but the database is not yet complete and data entry continues:

Records from the Fairsted Collection include:

  • > 50,000 plans and drawings
  • lithographs from ~280 Olmsted projects
  • ~2,300 albums of photographs

Records from the Library of Congress include:

  • Series A: ~33,000 letters from the period 1884-1899
  • Series B: correspondence from 1858-1950, filed by job number
  • not yet available- the records of Fredrick Law Olmsted, Sr., 1858-1895
Research Guide Online
 
   

Also see our list of Centennial Partners for related organizations

 

 

CONTACT FSOP
      
For information about FSOP or the Centennial and to find out about volunteer opportunities write, call or email us:
     
FSOP   Jennifer Ott, President
PO BOX 9884
SEATTLE, WA
98109

friends@seattleolmsted.org
206.719.7062
jenniferott@earthlink.net