About the Park

Date Authorized: October 23, 1979 (Public Law 96-87)

Superintendent: Jason Newman
Phone: (617) 566-1689

Mission & Significance of the Park

On October 12, 1979, Congress passed Public Law 96-87 which established the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, " order to preserve and interpret for the benefit, inspiration and education of present and future generations, the home and office of Frederick Law Olmsted, the great American landscape architect and designer." This act authorized the purchase of Olmsted's home and office in Brookline, Massachusetts, as well as the purchase of the archival collection stored on the site.

For the most up to date laws and policies related to Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, please see the Superitendent's Compendium.


Park Planning

The National Park Service is honored to be the steward of Olmsted National Historic Site, where America’s foremost landscape architect, his notable sons John Charles and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and their renowned firm designed thousands of parks, suburban neighborhoods, campuses, and private estates.

For more information, please see our Foundation Document.

The Fairsted landscape illustrates many of the principles of landscape design practiced by Frederick Law Olmsted and the successor firms. The Cultural Landscape Report references hundreds of historic plans, photographs, and written documents which were all critical elements in the National Park Service to restore the grounds of Olmsted National Historic Site.
Fairsted: A Cultural Landscape Report for the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site is available online courtesy of Clemson University Internet Archive.
Charlotte Olmsted w-puppy
Charlotte Olmsted with a puppy in 1914.

Olmsted Archives Collection/NPS

Special Use Permits are required to do certain activities at Frederick Law NHS. Find more information on the Special Use Permits page.

Last updated: February 28, 2024

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Mailing Address:

99 Warren Street
Brookline, MA 02445


617 566-1689

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