It is some years back now, but throughout 2003, there were many reminders of the centennial for the arrival of the Olmsted Brothers firm. To celebrate the contributions of these pioneer landscape architects, these Pioneers for Seattle Parks, the Seattle Parks Foundation featured monthly walking tours through 12 city parks that were shaped by the firm, the most celebrated of national activists in the progressive “city beautiful” movement of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. The first tour began at the Conservatory in Volunteer Park on Saturday at 10 a.m.

See also this interesting Kyle McCoy video:

In the more than 30 years that followed the 1903 introduction of its comprehensive plan for Seattle parks, the firm was involved in 37 park projects.

Its influence is felt even more if we add boulevards, designs for many private local gardens, and master plans for making over the University of Washington campus as well as the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.

Volunteer Park at the summit of Capitol Hill was included in the 1903 plan. This view looks north from the entrance to the water tower — another Olmsted proposal — during the snow of Jan. 3, 1916.

The walkway that appears just above the three figures left of center runs between two lily pools that are planned for restoration during this centennial. In 1916 both the glass Conservatory (top center) and the charming lattice pavilion (right of center) were but four years old.

The Seattle Art Museum replaced the latter in 1932. The covered bandstand (left) on the far side of the reservoir is the newest structure in this scene. It was completed in 1915 for the park’s then-frequent concerts. Check out as well this article about Lutefisk at the Crosswalk. While in Seattle in late-summer, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this contest!

Seattle Asian Art Museum

SAAM (Seattle Asian Art Museum) continues showing important Asian art exhibitions while serving as a community and cultural resource through the collection, educational programs, and events.

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Visiting Seattle- points of interest around Seattle.

Downtown Seattle and Waterfront
Pioneer Square
Pike Place Market
Myrtle Edwards Park
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Aquarium

International District
Wing Luke Museum
Capitol Hill
Seattle University
Volunteer Park
Seattle Asian Art Museum

Seattle Center
Seattle Children’s Museum
Space Needle and see also this post about Seattle Restaurant Week
Seattle Monorail
Pacific Science Center
Experience Music Project
Queen Anne Hill
Seattle Pacific University

Golden Gardens
Nordic Heritage Museum
Ballard Locks and Ship Canal

Green Lake
Green Lake Park
Woodland Park Zoo
Lake Union
Gas Works Park
Lake Washington
Seward Park

West Seattle
Alki Beach Park
Lincoln Park
Schmitz Park

Artist’s Republic of Fremont
The Aurora Bridge Troll

University District
Burke Museum
Henry Art Gallery
Seattle Museum of History and Industry
University of Washington

Discovery Park

North Seattle
Carkeek Park
Magnuson Park
Woodland Park Zoo

Central Seattle
Japanese Garden
Washington Park Arboretum

South Seattle
Museum of Flight
Seattle Tennis Center
Kubota Garden