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Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

99 Warren St., Brookline, MA
617/566-1689
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Ranked #4 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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NY
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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80 reviews 80 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
24 attraction reviews
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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91 reviews 91 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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