A public lecture and collection of presentations on defining the Olmsted legacy and how it relates to today will be held September 26. The presentations will describe collaborations with the City of Asheville’s Historic Resources Commission, the NC Arboretum and the Asheville History Center and Historic Biltmore Village Partnership . It will feature well known Preservation Landscape Architect Glenn Stach.
Mr. Stach is an accomplished preservation landscape architect and planner with many notable projects working with and stewarding historic landscapes, including those attributed to the Olmsted firm. Glenn will uncover the principles of design attributed to the father of landscape architecture in America, Frederick Law Olmsted, and his design of three villages spanning his illustrious career; Riverside, Illinois; Pinehurst, NC; and our own Historic Biltmore Village.
In addition to Mr. Stach, Stacy Merten, Asheville and Buncombe County Historic Resource Commission Director will discuss the city’s role and guidance in preservation guidelines and improvements. Drake Fowler, CBO/COO of the NC Arboretum will be on hand to speak about the contemporary legacy of Olmsted and talk about an exciting addition to the Arboretum. Ali Mangkang, Director of the Asheville History Center will invite attendees to visit the Smith McDowell’s new exhibit: “Bartram’s Journey; The 1775 Journey of William Bartram to Western North Carolina”.
It is a free event and the public is invited to attend. It will be held at the Village Green directly across from the Village Wayside Restaurant. Limited seating will be available.