In the winter of 1907–08, Ober pursues one year of post-baccalaureate studies in landscape architecture at Harvard under Frederick Law Olmsted, son of the designer of Central Park in New York City. Of this experience, he once commented, “Architectural drawing was dreadful for me, that formal drawing with all those tools. You almost always had to work with an architect in this kind of planning, except for wilderness planning, which was the thing, even then, that appealed to me.”
This training no doubt assisted Ober in his planning and design of the buildings on Mallard Island. Constructed of native materials, the buildings blend harmoniously with their natural surroundings.