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Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

Open Now: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Nice historic site

If you like architecture, landscaping, and history of public parks in the US you are going to love... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
eliza-china
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Wuhan, China
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Facinating, Quick Tour

Wow! Many of us know about Olmstead and how he invented American landscape architecture and... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2018
joshn329
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Oakland, California
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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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99 Warren St, Brookline, MA 02445-5930
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like architecture, landscaping, and history of public parks in the US you are going to love this location. The library is a very nice place to relax and read historical materials. Exhibits are interesting but the tour of the studio is most interesting....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018

Wow! Many of us know about Olmstead and how he invented American landscape architecture and designed Central Park, and many (MANY) other parks and Universities. This ~45 minute tour was loaded with interesting information on Olmstead, his family, and the firm that was so instrumental...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed June 2, 2018

This is the house that Olmsted purchased when he was in his early 60s and added onto it to make it his office as well. Took the guided tour and it was interesting to learn about the additions as well as the park making business....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 30, 2018

We visited before the building was open to visitors, but were able to get two brochures with information on the site and on Olmsted. Parking lot is small. A very flowery explanation of the outdoor area, offering insight as to Olmsted's intent. It made us...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

Both adults and children, though not little ones, would enjoy this site. It is interesting to learn the process of how he made he blueprints and the myriad of work he did in Boston and New York. Also, if your are a local, he did...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Jill G
Reviewed March 4, 2018

A true follower of Olmsted & Central Park, this tour allowed me to understand Olmsted Parks even further. Customer service was fantastic, thank you Alan & Brianne! I treasured how much of the contents were original & continue to be restored. Hope to return again...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Jennifer W
Reviewed October 28, 2017

Fredrick Olmstead's home provides an impressive collection of his landscape designs. There is a state of the art circular tube machine for creating large draft blueprint drawings of landscape plans. Perhaps the most interesting aspect is the carefully designed vault that contains thousands of blue...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed September 20, 2017

Frederick Law Olmsted created some of the countries greatest parks including New York's Central Park. In addition to living here, the building housed his business operation and school where he created landscape architects in his style. The building is in good shape and the business...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Robert S
Reviewed September 18, 2017

Interesting place...I thought the grounds would be more landscaped then they were but in any case worth visiting & learning about him. Tours are available. Parking is behind the house, it's a small parking lot. Born in Hartford, CT in 1822. His mother died before...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Cheryl A
Reviewed September 13, 2017

Olmsted was unknown to me before our visit. I certainly love his style of keeping parks looking natural. The grandchildren worked on their Jr. Ranger badges, while my husband and I toured Olmsted's amazing beautiful workshop. The walls and ceilings were covered in narrow strips...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Likely carpet baggers went south. So no money for family oriented parks to enjoy while staying surrounded by nature.
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