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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Fairsted Employees

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

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FLO's Walk Across England

Exploring Olmsted's route from his 1850 trip to England, documented in "Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England"

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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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Fairsted: Past and Present

Explore Fairsted through historic images, seeing how it has changed in over one hundred years of use.

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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: November 9, 2022

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