Historian and filmmaker Laurence Cotton, originator of and consulting producer to the PBS special “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” will be speaking on the remarkable life and career of the Renaissance-man Frederick Law Olmsted and the firm’s work in master planning Barton Hills Village. Olmsted was known as a writer, philosopher, social reformer, advocate for the preservation of natural scenery, and creator of some of the most beautiful public and private parks and gardens in all of North America, including Central Park, New York City; Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina; Mount Royal, Montreal, Canada; and the Grounds of the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

As a landscape historian, Laurence Cotton is active with the National Association for Olmsted Parks, and regularly travels across North America presenting his PBS film and popular talk about the Olmsted legacy—father, two sons, and Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm.

This event is in partnership with the Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation.


A hand-drawn pencil sketch of a stone wall with two pillars framing the entry drive to the neighborhood.

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