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November 10, 2016 | 6:00-8:30 pm

An Emerald Evening — Olmsted Award of Excellence

Koch Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

ben taylor emerald eveningThe Emerald Necklace Conservancy is honoring Ben Taylor, Chair of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s board of directors and former publisher of the Boston Globe with The Olmsted Award for Excellence. His guidance and leadership of the board have helped the Conservancy fulfill its ongoing mission to restore and improve the park for all. The Olmsted Award of Excellence is awarded biennially to an individual or organization who demonstrates an unwavering determination to carry out Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision and commitment to urban parks.

Learn more about An Emerald Evening or read Emerald Evening coverage.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 | 10:00am–12:00pm | 1:00am–3:00pm

Historic Olmsted Subdivision Walking Tour

Hosted by the Swampscott Historical Commission
Take a guided walking tour of the Nationally Registered Olmsted Subdivision Historic District, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. A local architect will guide this tour, highlighting the architectural features and Olmsted’s vision that make this a unique setting. In 1888 the Swampscott Land Trust purchased 130 acres of what was the Mudge Estate. The Trust commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted’s firm to layout a residential neighborhood. Enter this neighborhood at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean onto Monument Ave, follow it’s curvilinear roads around the natural topography of the landscape. See Olmsted’s vision to encourage the full utilization of the natural topography, not allowing the decorative elements to take precedence, and to harmonize the man-made structure with the picturesque landscape.

Coverage of the Historic Olmsted Subdivision Walking Tour.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 | 2:00–4:00pm

Olmsted’s Muddy River Restored: Re-linking the Emerald Necklace

Please join the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art New England tour of the recently restored Muddy River, guided by Margaret Dyson, Director of Historic Parks at the Boston Parks & Recreation Department. This impressive feat of design and engineering involves daylighting 700’ of the Muddy River, restoring its presence as a body of water and a park while enhancing flood control and providing visual, special linkage between Jamaica Pond and the Fens. Following the tour there is a reception at the Shattuck Visitor Center in the Fens. For additional information, contact Sarah Macdonald or 617-913-2277.

December: Arthur Shurcliff and the Design of Colonial Williamsburg
Elizabeth Hope Cushing

May: Mariana Griswold van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age
Judith Major

December: The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, Volume 8: The Early Boston Years, 1882-1890
Charles Beveridge, Ethan Carr, Amanda Gagel

March: Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline, MA
Keith Morgan, Elizabeth Hope Cushing, Roger Reed