Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Brookline

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4.8/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
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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  • It's fitting that the National Park Service has taken over and preserved the home and office of one of its biggest original proponents and designers. Throughout his life, Frederick Law Olmsted designe...  read more »
  • I'm not sure if thus would have been a stellar experience without the tour, but with the free guided tour it was great. 1) Olmsted was a fascinating and important person 2) the house and grounds are f...  read more »
  • Frederick Law Olmsted, maker of America's parks. If you like spending time in urban greenspace, consider visiting this historic site maintained by the National Park Service. You can take a guided tour...  read more »
  • 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 : )
  • The grounds are really nice to walk around in.
  • Excellent tour and resource for park and Olmsted enthusiasts!
  • Beautiful place.
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