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William Lyman Phillips and Florida’s Olmsted Legacy

2022 was a year-long, bicentennial celebration of the life of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) as the founder of the profession of landscape architecture in the United States and his firm’s work, later led by his two sons, that spans more than a century. Now it is time to look forward and learn about the next generation of practitioners who carried on this remarkable design legacy. In Florida, and Lake Wales in particular, that legacy is represented in the work of William Lyman Phillips (1885-1966). In this program, Landscape Architect Lucy Lawliss will explore the life and work of this remarkable landscape architect to see how his Olmsted training can still be seen in many of his surviving works.

About the presenter:
Lucy Lawliss, FASLA, is a historical landscape architect with a 25-year career with the National Park Service, always with a passion and focus on historical parks and cultural landscapes. She is a recognized leader in cultural landscape inventory, evaluation, and preservation treatment. Always interested in Frederick Law Olmsted, Ms. Lawliss published an award-winning monograph on the residential work of the Olmsted firm in Georgia, 1893-1937 (1991), was co-editor for the Master List of Design Projects of the Olmsted Firm 1857–1979 (2008), and in 2022 helped complete a documentation project titled Olmsted in Connecticut. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in landscape architecture with a certificate in historic preservation from the University of Georgia.

Event Date & Time

Saturday, November 4, 2023
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


VC Theatre


Free for members/ $20 for non-members (includes admission)
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