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

Artstor and the Foundation for Landscape Studies are sharing more than 8,000 images from around the world in the Digital Library. These images provide an overview of landscape studies, encompassing all cultural landscapes, 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 collection also includes nearly 500 images from the late 19th century of Italian landscape architecture from the Century Association Archives Foundation. The photographs were taken by landscape architect Charles Adams Platt as he toured Italy's gardens and villas circa 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. 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 images in the collection have been scanned directly from Platt's albumen print albums.

The Century Association Archives Foundation was established in 1997 to preserve, organize, and administer the historical records of this New York arts and letters club, founded in 1847. As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, its mission is to make the Century Association's historical records available to scholars and researchers.  

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 with other organizations, institutions, and individuals that promote and advance landscape history and historic landscape design, theory, and practice.

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, president of the Foundation, is a noted landscape historian, park preservationist, and writer. From 1979 until 1996, she served as the first Central Park Administrator, a position created by Mayor Edward I. Koch. She was instrumental in the founding of the Central Park Conservancy, a public-private partnership created in 1980 to bring citizen support to the restoration and management of the park. In 2002 she created the Garden History and Landscape Studies curriculum at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture. 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), and Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries (2011), and Learning Las Vegas: Portrait of a Northern New Mexican Place (2013).