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.

Online Tour of Design Office

Visit Us Virtually!

A video tour of the historic design office.

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Discover the Olmsteds in CA!

Watch California Forever and then tune in for a panel discussion including filmmakers and historians to learn about the Olmsteds' work in CA

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Discover the people, places and stories!

Learn more about the people, places, and stories of Olmsted and the work that took place here at Fairsted.

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Discover historic locations in Olmsted-designed parks and see how they have changed through the years. Share your pictures with us!

Last updated: August 13, 2020

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