Langley Recruits Olmsted for NZP
Smithsonian Secretary Samuel P. Langley writes letters to landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and architect William Ralph Emerson inviting them to work on the physical development of the newly formed National Zoological Park. Olmsted eagerly accepts, having suggested some thirty years earlier the creation of a park in Rock Creek. Olmsted's work, and most significantly his Central Park design for New York City, perfectly represents Langley's vision for the fledgling Park.
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
May 5, 1890
Rock Creek Park (Washington, D.C.)