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Fletcher Steele - a Landscape Designer, was born in Rochester, New York. He was called as a father of modern landscape design. He was one of the most recent influential landscape architects. After attending Williams College, he entered the new program in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University in 1907. Steele synthesised modern and traditional elements in landscape architecture.
After studying landscape architecture at Harvard, Steele travelled in Europe and became the first American garden designer to take in contemporary painting, Art Deco and Modernism. In 1908, Warren Manning persuaded Steele to leave Harvard and come work for him at his Boston office. From there on, Steele made a career that would make him one of the most prolific and successful designers of the 20th Century.
Fletcher Steele dealt with design for suburban residential gardens. Fletcher Steele was especially well known for his criticism of the ubiquitous front lawn in American home landscapes and was a proponent of creating privacy in the garden. Steele influenced on American garden design. During his career he designed almost 700 gardens, some of which are still in existence, which are now seen as works of art. One of his most famous landscapes, is Naumkeag in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
A book written by Robin Karson on Fletcher Steele, as Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect: An Account of the Gardenmaker's Life 1885-1971, a book got an award, given by American Horticultural Society, as one of the 75 Great American Garden Books, which contains steele's own photos.
Steel's influenced the young designers who passed through Harvard in the 1930s: Kiley, Eckbo and Rose. Steele proved to them the importance of creative design and the potential of modern art.