Olmsted Parks and Boulevard System Historic Documentation Seattle, Washington
Seattle's public realm is unique for its expansive system of early 20th century parks and boulevards designed by the renown American landscape architects, the Olmsted Brothers. This system includes a broad landscaped right-of-way along Lake Washington, which extends southward through many different neighborhoods from the Washington Park Arboretum to Seward Park. BOLA's project team, consisting of preservation architects and planners, landscape architect and signage designer, is developing a historic context statement, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and historic interpretive signage for Seward Park. The project involves working closely with two community groups -- the Friends of Seattle Olmsted Parks and Friends of Seward Park -- to research the history of Lake Washington and Mount Baker Boulevards, and Colman, Frink and Seward Parks. The project timeline and scope meets the schedule and budget of its clients, Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation.