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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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.

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Fall Hours begin September 19

Public Tours available Friday through Sunday

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Explore the Olmsted Archives

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

Last updated: September 18, 2022

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