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Dr. Cynthia Zaitzevsky

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National Association for Olmsted Parks
National Association For Olmsted Parks 1111 16Th Street, NW Suite 310
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United States

Company Description: Established in 1980, the National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) is the principle national organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and...   more

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  • Ph.D.
    Harvard University
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People - National Association for Olmsted Parks, 6 Nov 2013 [cached]
Cynthia Zaitzevsky. New York and London: Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, in association with W. W. Norton & Company, 2009, 304 pages.
Cynthia Zaitzevsky has been enriching our understanding of late 19th- and early 20th-century American buildings and landscapes for more than forty years since her early work on H. H. Richardson and William Ralph Emerson.
Cynthia ..., 13 Dec 2008 [cached]
Cynthia Zaitzevsky
Cynthia Zaitzevsky teaches at Harvard University and lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
Boston Globe Online / City Weekly / Attack of the Olmstedian invaders, 14 April 2002 [cached]
This isn't the first time people have waged the native-plant- versus-exotic-plant debate, either, according to Cynthia Zaitzevsky, a Harvard University historian and specialist on Olmsted and the Boston park system.
Of course, an implicit contemporary ..., 24 May 2011 [cached]
Of course, an implicit contemporary question would be to ask about the significance of such scholarly findings today, a possible discussion point when Dr. Zaitzevsky, author of the handsome, oversize and generously illustrated Long Island Landscapes And The Women Who Designed Them," addresses The Meadow Club in Southampton on May 20.
In the book's preface, and in interview, Dr. Zaitzevsky says she was challenged trying to locate materials on some of the women where there were no extant archives, and surprised by some findings. She had expected to find commonalities - "no shrinking violets" among the 18 women featured in the book - six first-generation pioneers, 12 second-generation professionals - but she also discovered they were not as a group necessarily wealthy.
Dr. Zaitzevsky also wanted to make sure readers would see the women as women, "see their faces, hear their voices," and so she included portraits of them and relevant quotations from their writings and interviews. As part of her historian's perspective, which took her well beyond questions of personality and gender, she also spent time looking at where they studied and compared curricula (the program at MIT differed dramatically from course work at University of Illinois at Urbana, for example). She came away from her research convinced, as was Dr. Mackay, that the "almost meteor-like entrance of women into a new profession" and the expanded opportunities to design estates on Long Island, signaled that in the development of landscape architecture, Long Island would become, as indeed it did, "a microcosm of activity for the country."
Dr. Zaitzevsky teaches at Harvard's Landscape Institute and continues to explore a favorite subject, American parks, with a special interest in New York State which boasts strong advocacy groups and a healthy infusion of private funding.
Not incidentally, it should be noted that the Long Island planting-plan drawings augmenting the gorgeous photos in the book are themselves works of art, part of an 18th and 19th century tradition of ink, pastel and gouache works on paper that illustrate formal garden designs, decorative arts and engineering commissions of the past.
Dr. Zaitzevsky's lecture, "Long island Landscapes And The Women Who Designed Them," takes place Friday, May 20; 11:30 a.m., lunch 12:30 p.m., The Meadow Club is at 555 First Neck Lane, Southampton All proceeds will benefit the Halsey House herb garden. Lecture $35, Lecture and Lunch $75. The event is being hosted by The Southampton Historical Museum. Call 283-2494 for further information.
The Mount | Edith Wharton's Estate and Gardens, 18 May 2006 [cached]
Cynthia Zaitzevsky, Ph.D.
A historian of architecture and landscape architecture, she received her Ph.D. from Harvard University's Department of Fine Arts in 1975.She is the author of Frederick Law Olmsted and the Boston Park System (Harvard University Press, 1982) and Long Island Landscapes and the Women Who Designed Them (W. W. Norton, forthcoming), as well as numerous contributions to scholarly publications.She has written the historical sections of several cultural landscape reports in addition to that for The Mount.She teaches the history of landscape architecture at The Landscape Institute, Harvard University (formerly the Radcliffe Seminars).
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