The name Olmsted pays homage to a great history of conservation, innovation and inspiration in Atlanta and beyond. Frederick Law Olmsted is known as the “father of landscape design.” His designs and work greatly influenced the layout of Atlanta and its neighborhoods, but inspiration is not a one-way street. It requires reciprocal dialogue and discourse among many. Olmsted’s travels through Georgia in the 1850’s were the topic of numerous publications as a travel writer before his days as a landscape architect. In addition to designing for urban life, Olmsted was anxious to preserve areas of natural beauty for future public enjoyment.
Olmsted plays to the memory of Olmsted and his shaping of modern day Atlanta life. Inman Park (Atlanta’s first suburb) was modeled after his work outside Chicago. Ultimately, Atlanta played a major role in the closing years of Olmsted’s career. In the final years of his work life, Olmsted designed Druid Hills. It was the culmination of his career, taking into account the knowledge and experience gained from a lifetime designing New York City’s Central Park, Washington, D.C.’s Capitol grounds, Asheville’s Biltmore Estate and Boston’s Back Bay.