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Olmsted's Sudbrook: The Making of a Community Olmsted's Sudbrook: The Making of a Community
by Melanie D. Anson

A scholarly work on Sudbrook's origins and the evolution of this planned suburban village designed in 1889 by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., America's first landscape architect. Ms. Anson's book discusses Olmsted's influence on nineteenth and early twentieth century suburban development, examines his design principles as exemplified in Sudbrook, places Sudbrook among other early Baltimore suburbs, suggests reasons for Sudbrook's successes and failures through the years, and chronicles residents' efforts to protect their community from a planned expressway and transit line.

"The history of Sudbrook as related here is a fascinating story, developed with an eye for significant detail, and showing an understanding of Olmsted's social and aesthetic thought. The author brings to her task the appreciation of a resident, the dedication of an activist, and the curiosity and indefatigable search for information of a true historian."

− From the Foreword by Charles E. Beveridge, Ph.D, Series Editor,
    The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted

Softcover, 248 pp., B/W photographs. Published in 1997; reprinted in 2005.
$24.95 (plus 6% sales tax for Maryland residents). Click here to order


Olmsted's Sudbrook: The Making of a Community Way Back When in Sudbrook Park
by Beryl Frank

A richly textured account of some of the early residents of Sudbrook Park and the houses they built for themselves. Mrs. Frank's colorful vignettes recount life in early twentieth century Sudbrook Park and bring to life traditions that began in the early days of the community and have continued to the present.

Soft cover, 72 pp., B/W photographs. Published in 1997.
$12.95 (plus 6% sales tax for Maryland residents). Click here to order

Profits from the sale of these books go toward the preservation of Sudbrook Park.