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“Olmstead Site”

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Brookline
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Owner 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.
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 still affects our ideas for cityscapes today, including the newest, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

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

Thank NicJBoston
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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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Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

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 tour with a ranger.

1  Thank Candyice
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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 close to the past.

Thank mystery1reader
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