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.


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Ages 15-18? Come work with us this summer!

Work for us this summer! Interact with visitors, work on a group photo project, be part of the ranger team, and more!

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Spring 2015 Hours

Exhibits are open Wednesday-Thursday 12 to 4pm and Friday-Saturday 9:30 am to 4pm. Tours are on Friday & Saturday 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.

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Spring Walks & Talks are here!

Put away your snowshoes and lace up the sneakers, our Spring 2015 Walks and Talks schedule is up.

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Opportunities available to support programming at Olmsted NHS.

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"Inspired by Olmsted" Creative Contest

High school students, do you draw, write, paint, photograph, or anything else creative? Find artistic inspiration in Olmsted's words and win!

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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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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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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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