Wellesley’s relationship with its unique landscape has been at the core of its identity since its inception. In 1921, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. developed a master plan organized around the campus’s existing glacier-formed topography. From the 1940s on, new buildings and vehicular infrastructure overtook the landscape. The 1998 Master Plan grew out of alumnae’s desire to reclaim Wellesley’s landscape heritage for future generations. Over two decades, implemented master plan projects have reversed the damaged landscape with a successional ecology-based approach to design and management.
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