Warren H. Manning
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Warren H. Manning

Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner

Edited by Robin Karson, Jane Roy Brown and Sarah Allaback

Photographs by Carol Betsch

Title Details

Pages: 416

Illustrations: 335 color and b&w photos

Trim size: 9.000in x 11.000in



Pub Date: 04/01/2017

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5066-0

List Price: $41.95

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Published in association with Library of American Landscape History

Published with the generous support of Bruce and Georgia McEver Fund for the Arts and Environment

Warren H. Manning

Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner

Edited by Robin Karson, Jane Roy Brown and Sarah Allaback

Photographs by Carol Betsch

An in-depth, critical career retrospective of a founder of the American Society of Landscape Architects

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Warren H. Manning’s (1860–1938) national practice comprised more than sixteen hundred landscape design and planning projects throughout North America, from small home grounds to estates, cemeteries, college campuses, parks and park systems, and new industrial towns. Manning approached his design and planning projects from an environmental perspective, conceptualizing projects as components of larger regional (in some cases, national) systems, a method that contrasted sharply with those of his stylistically oriented colleagues. In this regard, as in many others, Manning had been influenced by his years with the Olmsted firm, where the foundations of his resource-based approach to design were forged. Manning’s overlay map methods, later adopted by the renowned landscape architect Ian McHarg, providedthe basis for computer mapping software in widespread use today.

One of the eleven founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Manning also ran one of the nation’s largest offices, where he trained several influential designers, including Fletcher Steele, A. D. Taylor, Charles Gillette, and Dan Kiley. After Manning’s death, his reputation slipped into obscurity. Contributors to the Warren H. Manning Research Project have worked more than a decade to assess current conditions of his built projects and to compile a richly illustrated compendium of site essays that illuminate the range, scope, and significance of Manning’s notable career with specially commissioned photographs by Carol Betsch.

Casual readers will be delighted to discover how many of his projects they are familiar with, and practitioners and professionals will find this to be an invaluable guide to what is known about Manning's life and work, and what remains to be discovered.

—A. L. Mayer, Choice Connect

Manning's always been something of a cipher in landscape architectural history, and this book does a good job in clearing away some of the murkiness that has existed around him and his career. The overview essay, in particular, provides new insights into Manning's life, personality, and motivations; it also sheds light into the nature of 'office practice' in the profession's early years, as Manning moves from junior designer at the Olmsted firm to sole practitioner.

—Heidi Hohmann, Iowa State University

Manning's importance comes across in his dedication to understanding the environment of particular areas and regions and thinking about broader environmental planning objectives in his projects. With absorbing source material such as the projects found in this publication, future scholars and historians can immerse themselves in Manning's built work and continue to elucidate various aspects of his career, expanding our understanding of this significant figure for American landscape and planning history.

—Christine G. O'Malley, Landscape Architecture Magazine


John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, Foundation for Landscape Studies


Outstanding Academic Title, Choice magazine

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Jacob Brown

Margaret Carpenter

Staci L. Catron

William J. Grundmann

Pamela Hartford

Mary Hoerner

Daniel Krall

Martha H. Lyon

Matthew Medeiros

Arthur H. Miller

James O’Day

Christopher Patzke

Joan Randall

Terri Rochon

Rebecca M. Rogers

Gloria J. Schreiber

Maureen Thompson

Marjorie White

Kevan Williams

About the Author/Editor

Robin Karson (Editor)
ROBIN KARSON, executive director of the Library of American Landscape History, is the author of several books about American landscape history, including A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era.

Jane Roy Brown (Editor)
JANE ROY BROWN is the coauthor of One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place.

Sarah Allaback (Editor)
SARAH ALLABACK, managing editor of the Library of American Landscape History, is the author of The First American Women Architects.