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Announcing the 2022 Charles E. Beveridge Fellow

Annie Schentag, Buffalo, NY

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Designs for ‘People Who Do Not Readily Intermingle:’ Deed Restrictions in the Olmsteds’ Residential Subdivisions
This study examines restrictive covenants in the Olmsted firm’s suburban subdivisions, implemented by Olmsted Sr. and then used with more explicit racial implications by Olmsted Jr. These deed restrictions regulated building requirements but also excluded specific racial, economic, and/or religious communities from these subdivisions. The extent to which these restrictions were made explicit, and precisely what they entailed, will be illuminated by archival research at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. To learn more about the Charles E. Beveridge Fellowship.

IMAGE: A plan for one of the jobs Annie will be studying: Plan #3586-z13, “Forest Hills Gardens, Situated at Forest Hills, Borough of Queens, City of New York, Surveyed for Sage Foundation Homes Company” (April 1913).

OlmstedNOW / Olmsted200 update

Friends of Fairsted continue to support Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site’s programs celebrating the 200th anniversary of Olmsted’s birth. The Friends are sponsoring five youth speakers for the August Public Dialogue: Shared Power. Join the Olmsted Now discussion lead by local youth who are tasked with stewarding public lands this summer. The youth, including Fairsted’s own Stewards of the Future, will share how their experiences will impact their professional and personal legacies.

Join Friends of Fairsted on September 24 (1-7pm) at Come Together: Parkfest, an Emerald Necklace-wide celebration of Olmsted and public parks. More information coming soon, keep an eye on the Olmsted NHS website as well as olmstednow.org.

NEWS FROM THE OLMSTED ARCHIVES

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The team of archivists at the Olmsted National Historic Site is constantly uploading newly-digitized images to its Flickr page, for example this plan related to Dr. Schentag’s work: Plan #7378-15-pt1, “Mr. George Widener Chestnut Hill, Pa. Sketch for Garden Gate” (Feb. 9, 1925) looks at the design for a garden gate element of the extensive formal garden at Erdenheim Farm, the Chestnut Hill, PA gentleman’s farm of George Widener, Jr. As of June 2009, the property has been preserved in a complex preservation arrangement, largely due to the efforts of, among others, the Natural Land Trust, The Whitemarsh Foundation and the family-owners involved. According to the Foundation’s website, “Legally binding easements and covenants protect the Farm from all but the most limited development, in perpetuity.” More of the Widener farm plans (and photos!) can be seen here.

IMAGE: Plan #7378-15-pt1, “Mr. George Widener Chestnut Hill, Pa. Sketch for Garden Gate” (February 9, 1925).

NEWS FROM FAIRSTED

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Congratulations to the National Park Service on the completion of the spruce pole fence and arch restoration. This work was completed by a team from the Historic Preservation Training Center and is an important historic feature of the cultural landscape.

This summer, NPS is also beginning an 18-month project to repair, rehabilitate, and paint the site’s historic structures. The project addresses much of the historic fabric on the facade of the building. Historic roofs and exterior woodwork will be repaired and/or replaced as needed. Windows will be restored, including repair of window frames, sashes and glazing of windowpanes. Shutters have been removed and taken off site for repair and painting. They will be reinstalled as part of the project. Once woodwork is complete, the entire property will be given a fresh coat of the iconic red and green paint. Important landscape features will be protected during the project and plant material, such as the climbing vines, will be replaced upon completion of the structural work.

IMAGES: Courtesy National Park Service, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.