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Generous gifts help move Library’s Olmsted Garden Project forward

Garden Restoration

Advocate Staff Report

  Thanks to generous donations by John Giso, Michael Nutall and John Preotle, the Malden Public Library will begin the restoration of the Converse Memorial Building’s historic upper gardens and lawns. The Converse gardens were originally designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in collaboration with Henry Hobson Richardson – the building’s architect. According to Library Director Dora St. Martin, “We are very excited to move forward this year as 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Olmsted who also designed Boston’s Emerald Necklace, New York City’s Central Park, and Malden’s own Fellsmere Park.”

  For more information on how you can help with this exciting project, contact St. Martin atdstmartin@maldenpubliclibrary.org. Donations for the restoration project or garden maintenance fund can also be made at Network for Good (www.networkforgood.org).

olmsted plan-2
Item Number: 292-2
Document Title: MALDEN LIBRARY; SCALE 1/4=1″.
Project: 00292; Malden Library; Malden; MA; 06 Grounds of Public Buildings; 5;
Location: Olmsted National Historic Site, Brookline, MA
Category: PLAN
Purpose: UNDETERMINED
Physical Characteristics: FAIR H 15 5/8 W 42″ ink –color ink –graphite draft cloth
Dates: 25APR1885
Notes: APPEARS TO BE A PLANTING PLAN AS WELL AS PROFILE AND SECTION OF AREA. SCALE 1/4″=1′. INCLUDES PLANTING LIST.
Please credit: Courtesy of the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

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