Places To Go
Of course, we hope you have the opportunity to visit Frederick Law Olmsted NHS when you are in the area. But if you can't make it here, and still want to experience the Olmsted story, you're in luck. The Olmsted firm worked on some 6000 commissions in 46 of the 50 states as well as Canada, (and a few international ones too). So chances are there is an Olmsted design close by for you to visit. To find out, visit the Olmsted Research Guide Online. Check out ORGO to see what work my have been done in your area. And many of their designs are places that are open to the public such as: parks, college campuses, residential communities and civic buildings.
If you are interested in a hard copy of the Master List of Design Projects of the Olmsted Firm, visit the National Association for Olmsted Parks website for ordering information. The Master List is the comprehensive guide to the work of the Olmsted firm from 1857 through 1979. The Master List is co-published by NAOP and NPS.
We've also been collecting data to visually represent the work of the Olmsted firms; based on historic records from our archives as well as sources outside of our collections, we've gathered the longitudes and latitudes of many of the firm's projects. It's very much a project-in-progress, but let us know what you think! Check it out here.
Did You Know?
Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. helped draft the language that defines the NPS. Its mission: “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein…and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations”