Olmsted’s Asheville Legacy:  Biltmore and Beyond

Frederick Law Olmsted, oil painting by John Singer Sargent, 1895, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

On Thursday, April 21st,  PSABC will explore a design philosophy realized in nature … Frederick Law Olmstead’s plan for the grounds of the Biltmore Estate.  Olmsted, the famous landscape architect best known for New York’s Central Park, received his last major commission with Biltmore.  It became his living masterpiece, a green legacy enjoyed daily by masses.  And nothing, it’s fair to say, would have pleased Olmsted more.

Listen and learn during this lecture by Bruce Johnson, prominent Asheville author and Arts and Crafts historian, at All Soul’s Cathedral in Biltmore Village.  Johnson will discuss how Olmsted’s professional and personal philosophy came to fruition in the 146,000 acres of the original Biltmore Estate and how the Vanderbilt descendants have remained true to that vision.  Those who have toured the Estate before will likely see an even grander design on a next visit.

“Olmsted was a genius, you could say a land architect artist.  His work is all over the country in 20 states and DC,” says Kieta Osteen-Cochrane, Education Committee Chair.  “George Vanderbilt had an eye for talent.  And Olmsted had the canvas of his life.” This lecture is scheduled for Thursday, April 21st, from 5:30 to 7:30 at All Soul’s Cathedral, 9 Swan Street in Biltmore Village.  Attendance is open to all.  Generous sponsors include Terry and Ted Van Duyn.

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