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.

Green yellow and red flowers between two trees
Visit Fairsted this Fall

Join us for a tour Friday through Sunday!

Uniformed park ranger points to a field with people looking on
Fall Walks and Talks

Fairsted's fall Walks and Talks return this season, with tours happening all over the Greater Boston area.

black and white of snow capped mountains extending for miles
Olmsteds and the NPS

Despite both Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. and Jr.'s contributions to the National Park Service, so often their names are forgotten.

Group of men in suits and ties pose for picture.
Fairsted Employees

A look into those who worked at the first landscape architecture firm in the country, lasting from 1883 to 1979.

People looking over drawing on long table.
Explore the Olmsted Archives

Check out our extensive archival collection- including 66,000 photographs and 140,000 plans and drawings.

Last updated: September 24, 2023

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

99 Warren Street
Brookline, MA 02445


617 566-1689

Contact Us