Nearly a decade ago, the United States lost one of its most important — and perhaps least known — landscape architects of the 20th century: Dan Kiley.
Even if you’re not familiar with the man, you’re likely aware of, or have even visited, some of his most notable public projects, including the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis; Boston’s John F. Kennedy Library; the Dallas Museum of Art; and the South Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago, to name a few. (Shown above, his design for the Oakland Museum of California gardens, created in partnership with building architect Kevin Roche.) In fact, Kiley is noted for being second only to Fredrick Law Olmsted Sr. for landscape sites that have National Historic Landmark status.
If you have an affinity for landscape architecture or simply want to learn more about this award-winning designer, Washington, D.C.’s National Building Museum is hosting “The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley” through May 18, 2014.
If you can’t make it to D.C. in time, the exhibit will be traveling (though its next stop has not yet been announced). In the meantime, you can learn more about Kiley and many of his notable projects at the Cultural Landscape Foundation website.