Samuel Bowne Parsons Jr. was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1844. Parsons became an apprentice of Calvert Vaux from 1879–1884 and his partner from 1887-1895. After Vaux's death in 1895, Parsons became the new head landscape architect of New York City and remained there until 1911. Among his noteworthy landscapes are St. Nicholas and Seward Parks in New York City, The Mall in Washington D.C. and Balboa Park in San Diego. In 1899, Parsons helped found the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and from 1905 to 1907 Parsons served as its president.
Parsons developed the master plan for Albemarle Park and devoted an entire chapter to it in his book, "How to Plan the Home Grounds."
The Albemarle Park~Manor Grounds Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), federally designated, tax-exempt, nonprofit organization.
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