Frederick Law Olmsted is widely recognized as the founder of the profession of landscape architecture in the U.S. and the nation’s foremost parkmaker. Olmsted moved his office to suburban Boston in 1883 and established the first full-scale office for the practice of landscape architecture, which was continued over the next century by his sons and successors. The National Park Service acquired the home, office, designed landscape, and the archive of plans and drawings in 1980 and offers public programs at the site and in Olmsted landscapes in Metropolitan Boston. The first floor houses a new interpretive exhibit.
Many of the Olmsted firm’s plans, drawings and photographs can be viewed online on the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site Fickr page. The Olmsted Research Guide Online is a searchable database list of plans, drawings, and photographs found at Olmsted NHS as well as correspondence and reports held at the Library of Congress.
Additional information on the Archives and collections at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, as well as general information about special events, please visit the Olmsted NHS website.