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Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

99 Warren St., Brookline, MA
617/566-1689
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Ranked #6 of 14 attractions in Brookline
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites, National Parks
Description: Open to the walk in public Fridays and Saturdays during the fall/winter. Expanded hours in late-spring/summer. Please visit website or call for hours.
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Brookline, MA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

So much of the beauty of our urban environments, not just in New England but throughout the country can be traced to Olmsted. This combination of home & workshop tells a great story about his work, its sources, and its legacy. The grounds are also beautiful and a very tangible testimony to the impact of good landscape architecture.

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Secaucus, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We loved reading Devil in the White City and have taken tours of Central Park, so it was really a thrill to tour this site. The grounds are beautiful, and the tour of the home and offices were very informative. And it's free! The ranger who led our tour was very knowledgable. Definitely worth a visit.

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Connecticut, USA
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19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is site is about landscape architecture, it's true -- and that part is wonderful -- but there is so much more here, as well. Take a ranger-lead tour if at all possible. The tour takes you around the grounds and imparts much insight into how the grounds reflect Olmstead's ideas. This is most interesting. But, what's really eye-opening is... More

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Olmstead was the most prominent and famous landscape designer of his late 19th century era. From Cental Park in Manhattan to the Emerald necklace in Boston, he is as important in his own right as Frank Lloyd Wright was to architecture. The Olmstead site is easily accessible by car or public transportation and offers amazing insight into the way Olmstead... More

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Also, a very interesting house and setting for Victorian professional practice. The Rangers are super.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I take my class to this national historic site. They do a great job of teaching my class as well as letting them discover the wonderful job of being a landscape architect. It is also a really beautiful place to visit.

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California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Olmstead was the designer of Central Park. This site was his home and the design form's office. The rangers do an excellent job of interpreting the impact of his designs and how the process was done. It is a short walk from the T, but it is uphill. Hours are limited so call ahead to check because you need to... More

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pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Unusual step into the early 1900's with informed Ranger Alan Banks,who was thorough in his descriptions of all the early technology used by Olmstead's designers. It felt like the workers had just left and we had the chance to respectfully walk through their world. Serious history fans will enjoy this tour as there is chance to ask questions and get... More

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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Worth a detour for all that is there. I especially liked learning about the history of Olmstead's firm. The way they used to develop blueprints was very cool.

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