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Address: 99 Warren St., Brookline, MA
Phone Number: 617/566-1689
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Discovering Our Nation's Green Spaces

This historic site is a very special place! FL Olmsted is the father of landscape architecture in America, and this was his work and office space. Learn how green space planning... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This historic site is a very special place! FL Olmsted is the father of landscape architecture in America, and this was his work and office space. Learn how green space planning was done, and how Olmsted and his firm defined many of our open spaces. This is a little gem tucked in a beautiful Brookline neighborhood is worth a visit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Was looking forward to a visit and a chance to view movie and perhaps a ranger led tour. On a beautiful October Sunday-no such luck. We were limited to walking the grounds for a quick peek. They need to rethink schedule here

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Come in the summer when the free ranger-lead tours are offered. The home is Olmsted's last home and studio. A short 7 minute film introduces Olmsted's work/legacy. The tour is of the studio and workshop built by Fredrick Law and his firms successors. Tour ends with a short stroll in the garden. The first floor has photographs of the home... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Fairsted, the expansive home and workshop of the Olmsted family, is definitely worth a visit. The wood structures blend nicely into landscape and one gets a glimpse of the Olmsted work with the sunken garden. The exhibits inside the home (which feels like a large country estate) are very well done telling not just the story of the Olmsted family... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Frederick Law Olmsted designed Boston's Emerald Necklace, NYC's Central Park, and many more parks in the USA and Canada. His influence was huge. So I was excited to get the chance to see where he lived and worked in Brookline. You can see the part of the house he lived in on your own. I highly recommend the hourly tours,... More 

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NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I really enjoyed my visit to the site. The estate is beautiful, and the tour of the house is fascinating. Highly recommended!

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South Salem, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We knew something of Olmsted from NY's Central Park and the book Devil in the White City, so were intrigued when we drove by the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. We returned the next day to tour. Basically you see where he ran his company from for many years, with his son and other partners. The National Park Service... More 

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Brookline, MA
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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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Chester, 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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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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Additional Information about Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

Address: 99 Warren St., Brookline, MA
Phone Number: 617/566-1689
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Brookline
Open Hours:
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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