Olmsted Brothers

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The nationally pre-eminent firm of Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects (Brookline, MA) designed the park to serve as a welcoming urban oasis as well as an appropriate setting for the memorial sculpture.

The firm was run by stepbrothers Jon Charles Olmsted (1852-1920) and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. (1870-1957), sons of the eminent landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), designer of New York’s Central Park, Asheville’s Biltmore Estate gardens, and Boston’s “emerald necklace.” Along with providing an appropriate, emotionally powerful setting that would show the Spiritualized Life sculpture to its best advantage, the firm sought to create an inviting and beautiful space for the use and enjoyment of all of Jacksonville’s citizens. The park was designed to be as simple as possible and to provide a place for the public to come and seek as much rest and peace of body and mind as is possible in a small area close to streets and traffic.


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