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.

Olmsted Bicentennial 2022

Learn more about the national Olmsted 200 commemoration and the local Olmsted Now effort.

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Virtual Escape Rooms

Try to escape by solving puzzles about Olmsted NHS, John Fitzgerald Kennedy NHS, and Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters NHS.

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Discover the stories behind the places

Learn a bit about some of the design projects of the Olmsted firm. Where are they? How did they get involved? Do they still exist?

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Discover the Olmsted Archives

Check out our extensive archival collection.

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Mapping the Work of the Olmsteds

Mapping the Work of the Olmsteds in the World: What's in Your backyard?

Last updated: December 2, 2021

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