Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site - Massachusetts

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Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Photo of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site courtesy NPS

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation's foremost parkmaker. Olmsted moved his home to suburban Boston in 1883 and established at 'Fairsted' the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. Over the course of the next century, his sons and successors expanded and perpetuated Olmsted's design ideals, philosophy, and influence.

Visitors may tour the recently restored 'Fairsted' historic landscape and a century-old design office that remains virtually unchanged from the days when the Olmsted firm?s activity was at its height. Housed within the office complex are nearly 1,000,000 original design records detailing work on many of America's most treasured landscapes including the U. S. Capitol and White House Grounds; Great Smoky Mountains and Acadia National Parks; Yosemite Valley; New York's Central Park; and whole park systems in cities such as Seattle, Boston, and Louisville. The Olmsteds also played an influential role in the creation of the National Park Service. Writing from his desk in Brookline, F. L. Olmsted, Jr. crafted evocative words that served as the foundation for legislation establishing the Park Service in 1916:

"To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

Facilities available at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site:

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site website
Recreation Area Map
Park Email:

Phone numbers
Headquarters 617/566-1689
Superintendent 617/566-1689 ext. 201
Site Manager 617/566-1689 ext. 224
Archivist 617/566-1689 ext. 231
Human Resources 617/566-1689 ext. 209

99 Warren Street
Brookline, MA 2445