40 Landscape Architect and Specifier News
Five acres of a 140-acre farm in Austin, Indiana, were extensively
renovated, but the project proved difficult because the site had
been declared historically significant many years ago. John Charles
Olmsted (1852-1920) and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (1870-1957),
sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, designed the residence in the 1930s.
These three Olmsted family members are considered pioneers of
the landscape architecture industry. So the client wanted to revamp
the site, but also "stay true," as much as possible, to the Olmsted
brothers' original concepts, some of which were stored in archives.
Everything was custom built, with the exception of the central
fountain and the furniture for the pool patio. The gazebo was made
with Indiana limestone columns and overlooks the slate quarry.
Rough limestone ledge rock was used for the steps, and fieldstone
was used for the walls and walkways.