Jacob Weidenmann: Pioneer Landscape Architect

 Jacob Weidenmann: Pioneer Landscape Architect
Rudy J. Favretti

Born in Switzerland, Jacob Weidenmann emigrated to the United States in 1856 at the age of 27 after obtaining college-level diplomas in art, architecture and engineering.  The only landscape architect in America so educated, Weidenmann quickly gained a reputation for his excellent design and brilliant solutions to complex engineering and architectural challenges. He developed an important collaboration with Frederic Law Olmsted and became a leading innovator in his field, ultimately, helping to set the standards and design principles for the profession.

Based on four decades of research by author Rudy J. Favretti, this is the first comprehensive biography of this major artist covering his life and profession. Jacob Weidenmann: Pioneer Landscape Architect illuminates Weidenmann’s importance in defining the profession of landscape architecture for future practitioners. Featuring over 50 illustrations, this beautifully-deigned, table-top book places Jacob Weidenmann in the context of his time, place and art, and locates him in the pantheon of 19th century designers.

While supplies last, Jacob Weidenmann: Pioneer Landscape Architect is available free of charge. Books must be picked up at the Cemetery’s office, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm.
Contact Beverly Lucas at (860) 956-3311 or blucas@cedarhillcemetery.org for more information.