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Frederick Law Olmsted, Brookline

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Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site is a United States National Historic Site located in Brookline, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation's foremost parkmaker of the 19th century. In 1883, Olmsted moved his home to suburban Boston and established "Fairsted", the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. Over the course of the next century, his sons and successors expanded and perpetuated Olmsted's design ideals, philosophy, and influence.The site is located at 99 Warren Street, in the Green Hill section of Brookline. Olmsted bought the Clark homestead, an 1810 Federal farmhouse, in 1883, to be near his frequent collaborator, H. H. Richardson, whose home and office were nearby. Olmsted and his son John Charles renovated the house, landscaped the property, and relocated the barn closer to the house, and in 1903 added the office wing to the northwest of the main house. Members of the Olmsted family occupied the main house until 1936, when Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. moved to Elkton, Maryland, renting the house to tenants. The offices of the Olmsted Brothers firm continued to be in the wing during this time, although business also declined. Members of the firm reoccupied the house in the 1960s, making substantial alterations to the original landscaping of the property. The property was acquired by the National Park Service in 1980. The grounds have been restored to a c. 1930 appearance, restoring much of Olmsted's landscaping.
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  • This Magnificent home which dates back to 1883 is located not that far from Boston and can be reached by public transportation. I have used Public Transportation in Massachusetts since I don't drive m...  more »
  • My husband and I visited this place on a drizzly day which only made it more beautiful and peaceful. The house is beautiful and you learn so much about how FLO started the official career of Landscape...  more »
  • love Olmsted and love the way the material is thoughtfully presented. Great 7 minute film and exhibitions. Opportunity to see the wonderful house in which he lived and started the first landscape desi...  more »
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  • Many people have jogged through the Emerald Necklace or Central Park (just to name a couple of the hundreds of projects) designed by F. L. Olmstead; fewer might know that Boston is where his latest dwelling is. The house has become a museum and can be visited; a wonderful guided tour will show you all the nooks and crannies of this marvelous home. I suggest asking about the "hidden" trail in the garden. Enjoy!!
  • love Olmsted and love the way the material is thoughtfully presented. Great 7 minute film and exhibitions. Opportunity to see the wonderful house in which he lived and started the first landscape design school in America.
  • If you love garden architecture then you will love this place. History alone is great. Anyone who has a garden they love can learn so something about how American landscape design was will love this place
  • Been a fan of Frederick Law Olmsted for a long time. The house and grounds are beautiful. With the landscape being the true gem, the studio was surprisingly very interesting. Park Ranger Mark was great and gave an amazing tour.
  • Obviously America's founder of landscape architecture would have beautifully landscaped grounds. Go check it out for free! Especially beautiful in the springtime : )