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Book Corner Spring 2017: Author Charles L.W. Lieder

Book Corner: Charles L.W. Leider, '89

"Oklahoma State University" by Charles L.W. Leider

     Written by an OSU professor and director emeritus in the landscape architecture program, Oklahoma State University, is a highly illustrated new book. Author Charles L.W. Leider earned a doctoral degree at OSU in 1989. In the book, Leider discusses the master plans that guided the development of the university from the Prairie Victorian Period starting in 1889 to the present Millennial Period, including the influential Neo-Georgian plan developed under the direction of President Henry Bennett. Historical photos take the reader on a 125-year tour with brief descriptions of the people and plans that resulted in one of the most attractive college settings in the nation.

     The book showcases professional OSU designers and students. To commemorate the OSU Centennial, students in Leider’s historical landscape preservation course recreated the 1930 Neo-Georgian Master Plan, which had become fragmented and partially lost. The students reconstructed the entire plan as line and interpretive drawings to present to the university on its centennial. These drawings are now in the U.S Library of Congress and the OSU Edmon Low Library. Copies of the draw ings from the 1930 master plan are included in the book.

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Published in STATE Magazine, Volume 12, Number 2, Spring 2017 by STATE Editor Elizabeth Keys

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