ET Mische (1879–1934)
Portland, Oregon, USA
Horticulturist and landscape architect, Mische was Park Superintendent
in Portland, Oregon at the time of the federal capital competition. He
studied botany and horticulture both in the United States and at the
Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England. He had worked for the Olmsted
in Brookline, Massachusetts before his Oregon appointment. Mische went
into private practice in 1914. Having moved to California in the 1920s,
he served as president of the Pacific Coast chapter of the American Society
of Landscape Architects (1929–30). Mische moved to New York in 1931
to work for Frederick Law Olmsted Junior on the Fort Tryon Park Project.
He died while still working on the project in 1934.
Mische’s plan closely resembles the line drawing of the Washington
Mall by the Senate Park Commission of 1902. One of the Commissioners was
Frederick Law Olmsted.