Foundation for Landscape Studies

Sara Cedar Miller, Bethesda Fountain; Angel of the Waters, Central Park, New York. Image and original data provided by the Foundation for Landscape Studies; © Sara Cedar Miller

The Foundation for Landscape Studies has contributed more than 8,000 images to the Artstor Digital Library. The selection provides a survey of global landscape studies, including gardens, parks, cities, suburbs, rural areas, and the humanized wilderness. A subset of the collection consists of engravings from rare books dating from the 16th through early 20th century.  
 
The Foundation for Landscape Studies is a not-for-profit corporation with a mission to foster an active understanding of the importance of place in human life. To this end, the foundation initiates collaborative projects that promote landscape history and landscape design, theory, and practice.

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, president of the Foundation, is a noted landscape historian, park preservationist, and writer. She served as the first Central Park Administrator, a position created by Mayor Edward I. Koch, and she was instrumental in the founding of the Central Park Conservancy. In 2002 she created the Garden History and Landscape Studies curriculum at the Bard Graduate Center. Her publications include: The Forests and Wetlands of New York City (1971), Frederick Law Olmsted's New York (1972), Rebuilding Central Park: A Management and Restoration Plan (1987),  Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History (2001), Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries(2011), and Learning Las Vegas: Portrait of a Northern New Mexican Place (2013).
 
The collection also includes nearly 500 images of late 19th century of Italian landscape architecture from the Century Association Archives Foundation (CAAF). The photographs were taken by Charles Adams Platt as he toured Italy's gardens and villas c. 1892. The resulting albumen print collection culminated in Platt's celebrated book Italian Gardens(1894), which is credited with influencing the Beaux Arts movement in American landscape architecture. The images in Artstor have been scanned from Platt's albumen prints.
 
Charles Adams Platt (1861-1933) was one of the most celebrated American architects and landscape designers of the early 20th century. His most influential projects include the design for the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the estate gardens of William Mather Gwinn near Cleveland, Ohio, the Maxwell Court in Rockville, Connecticut, and Villa Turicum in Lake Forest, Illinois.
 
The CAAF was established in 1997 to preserve, organize, and administer the historical records of the Century Association, founded in 1847.