Hops at the History Center: Olmsted’s Linear Park

August 16, 2022 6:00 PM

Join us on August 16 2022 at 6:00 PM, Hops at the History Center Talk featuring Jennifer J. Richardson and Spencer Tunnell II, authors of Olmsted’s Linear Park (Arcadia Publishing, 2022).

In 1892, entrepreneur Joel Hurt invited Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. to Atlanta to design “an ideal suburb.” Olmsted and his firm began designs and were in regular communication with Hurt. Members of the firm came to Atlanta during design and construction. Even with changing ownership, Olmsted’s vision and plans were followed. The design became the last residential suburb designed by Olmsted—the only one in the Deep South. The centerpiece of the neighborhood is its segmented park. After reaching a peak of beauty in the 1930s, the park and neighborhood declined, and the park was threatened by an ill-conceived expressway. Olmsted and Hurt’s dream of the linear park prevailed, and the park has been renovated to how it looked in its heyday. This is the story of how a handful of people preserved, protected, and enhanced the linear park so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Olmsted’s Linear Park  By Jennifer J. Richardson and Spencer Tunnell II, Foreword by Mark C. McDonald

Drink tickets will be available for $5.


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