Designing an American Landscape

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 the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. During the next century, his sons and successors perpetuated Olmsted's design ideals, philosophy, and influence.


Ranger leading a tour of the design office.

Summer Hours are Here!

Starting June 24th we'll be open Wednesday through Sunday with tours at 10am, 11am, and 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Self-guided exhibits are open 9:30am to 4pm

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Photo of Yosemite National Park

“Scenery… cared for by government”

Planting the Seed for Our National Parks: The 150th Anniversary of Olmsted's Yosemite Report. Celebrate with us on August 9 at the Arnold Arboretum!

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Olmsted Archives

With over 130,000 plans and 66,000 photgraphs, the Olmsted Archives documents the work and influence of the Olmsted firm throughout North America.

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Olmsted Firm Master List

Unable to visit Fairsted?

Check out an Olmsted design project in your area. Visit the Olmsted Research Guide Online to see what Olmsted landscapes are in your neighborhood.

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Join the conversation! Find information and updates on the Olmsted NHS Facebook page. You do not need an account to view our page.

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Opportunities available to support programming at Olmsted NHS.

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