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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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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Mapping the Work of the Olmsteds

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

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Discover the Olmsted Archives

Check out our extensive archival collection.

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Where in the World is Olmsted?

Discover just a few of the landscapes designed by Olmsted and sons and the stories behind them.

Last updated: August 22, 2021

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