(1 Nov 1859 - 25 Mar 1897)
American landscape architect and writer who was drawn to his career while at university, and spent a year from Nov 1885 observing gardens, parks, and scenery throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Russia. He began an independent practice and maintained strongly interested in the development of the Boston metropolitan parks, while also involved with large public and private landscape projects elsewhere in the U.S. He joined Frederick Law Olmstead's landscape engineering firm in Mar 1893 (which then became Olmstead, Olmstead & Eliot). His promising career ended with his sudden death, aged only 37 years, of cerebro-spinal meningitis.
Science Quotes by Charles Eliot (2 quotes)
Reservations of scenery are the cathedrals of the modern world.
— Charles Eliot
Letter to Boston Metropolitan Park Commission (22 June 1896), in biography by his father, Charles William Eliot, Charles Eliot, Landscape Architect (1902), 655.
We must make practice in thinking, or, in other words, the strengthening of reasoning power, the constant object of all teaching from infancy to adult age, no matter what may be the subject of instruction. … Effective training of the reasoning powers cannot be secured simply by choosing this subject or that for study. The method of study and the aim in studying are the all-important things.
— Charles Eliot
From 'Wherein Popular Education has Failed' Forum (Dec 1892), collected in American Contributions to Civilization: And Other Essays and Addresses (1897), 229 & 231.