HALS Challenge: Olmsted Landscapes

Visit Webpage

For the 13th annual HALS Challenge competition, we invite you to document Olmsted landscapes. 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, social reformer and founder of American landscape architecture. By documenting Olmsted Landscapes for HALS, you will increase public awareness of historic landscapes and illuminate Olmsted’s living legacy. Any site designed or planned in part or in full by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., his firm, and the firm continued by his sons, John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted Junior, is eligible (see Master List of Design Projects).

The Olmsted Research Guide Online (ORGO) and Olmsted Online are helpful research tools. You may search for records held at the Olmsted National Historic Site and the Olmsted collections at the Library of Congress. The copyright status of some materials is uncertain, so please do not reproduce the graphics in your HALS documentation. You may analytically write about and cite them instead.

People are hereby challenged to complete at least one HALS short format historical report to document Olmsted landscapes. Preservation Through Documentation!


Cash prizes** will be awarded to the top 3 entries, and this year the National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) will also award three framed certificate prizes for the best entries in the following categories:

  1. Submission by a college or graduate student
  2. Work of the Olmsted Firm in Ohio
  3. Non-park work of the Olmsted Firm

**Employees of the National Park Service, American Society of Landscape Architects, Library of Congress, and National Association for Olmsted Parks may submit HALS Short Format Historical Reports, but are ineligible for prizes.

To enter the HALS Challenge:

Email your completed HALS short format history to:

Chris Stevens


July 31, 2022