What do the Columbus Museum and Central Park in New York City have in common? Both of their gardens were designed by the firm of the famed American landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted of Massachusetts.
The Columbus Museum’s Bradley Olmsted Garden was designed for Columbus homeowner, W. C. Bradley in the early 1920’s. Of the 13 residential projects the Olmsted firm worked on in Georgia, including others in Columbus, the Bradley garden is widely recognized as the most substantial and significant. Its shaded ravines, formal and informal pools, cascading waterfalls, pecan grove and Japanese yew and crape myrtle walkways typified the more naturalistic gardens that became popular after the close of the Victorian era.
The Olmsted firm transformed the 1880’s trolley station located on the property into a pool house. It is the only remaining structure from that line. The Bradley Olmsted Garden is part of the Wynn’s Hill – Overlook Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The historical markers in and around Columbus are valuable sources of information about important historical places, events, and people that have shaped our city from its beginning. Please let me know if you would like for me to highlight any of them in my blog. I would be delighted to post your favorite. I look forward to hearing from you
Start looking at the signs that surround you – “Sign, sign, ……. Everywhere a Sign.”