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A ranger led class at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Copyright: - US National Park Service
A ranger led class at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Description - 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 at "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 Olmsteds played an influential role in the creation of the National Park Service. Writing from his desk in Brookline, F. L. Olmsted, Jr. crafted evocative words that served as the foundation for legislation establishing the Park Service in 1916: "To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

Attractions - Visitors may tour the recently restored "Fairsted" historic landscape and a century-old design office that remains virtually unchanged from the days when the Olmsted firm's activity was at its height. Housed within the office complex are nearly 1,000,000 original design records detailing work on many of America's most treasured landscapes including the U. S. Capitol and White House Grounds; Great Smoky Mountains and Acadia National Parks; Yosemite Valley; New York's Central Park; and whole park systems in cities such as Seattle, Boston, and Louisville.

Frequent guided tours of the Olmsted house, office, and grounds are available throughout the year on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 am-4:30 pm. Groups, including school and bus tour groups, wishing to visit outside the normal operating hours must make advance arrangements to ensure that staffing is available

Recreation - Activities include touring this historic site and nature walks. Tours include the recently restored "Fairsted" historic landscape.

Climate - Spring, summer, and fall seasons are temperate. Winter season may be harsh with periodic snow and cold.

Location - This Historic Site is located in Brookline, Massachusetts. To reach the site from Boston and points east: Follow Huntington Avenue SW from the area of Copley Square. As you cross from Boston into Brookline beneath the Jamaicaway overpass, Huntington Avenue becomes Rt. 9/Boylston Street. Continue on Rt. 9/Boylston. At the third major intersection, turn left onto Warren Street and follow 1/8 mile to intersection of Warren and Dudley Streets. Olmsted NHS is on right-hand corner with NPS sign and distinctive archway at house front.

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Contact Information:
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, 99 Warren Street , Brookline, MA, 02445, Phone: 617-566-1689, Fax: 617-232-4073

Additional Information:
Massachusetts Historic Sites -

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site - Official agency website


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