While you might not recognize the name you would certainly recognize his work.
Olmstead was the co-designer of many public parks, parkways, community developments and academic campuses throughout the country.
Here in New York, Olmstead's most salient work would be helping to design Central Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Olmstead was chosen by Calvert Vaux as his partner despite Olmstead's inexperience. The team entered into a design competition for Central Park and were announced as the winners in July of 1858. At this time, Olmstead had not actually completed a landscape design. After their success, they didn't "park it" there. The pair would go on to design Prospect Park in 1865.