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Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

99 Warren St, Brookline, MA 02445-5930
+1 617-566-1689
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A Hidden Gem - well Worth Seeking Out!

Fredrick Olmstead's home provides an impressive collection of his landscape designs. There is a... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Saint Louis, Missouri
Home of America's pre-eminent landscape artist

Frederick Law Olmsted created some of the countries greatest parks including New York's Central... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2017
Robert S
Lawrence, Kansas
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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
99 Warren St, Brookline, MA 02445-5930
+1 617-566-1689
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Reviewed 28 October 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

Thank JimSTL1021
Reviewed 20 September 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

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 18 September 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

Thank Cheryl A
Reviewed 13 September 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

Thank nationalparkPa
Reviewed 9 August 2017

My sense of Frederick Law Olmsted was broadened and deepened by visiting. I suggest a thoughtful trip to the site.

Thank Maynard C
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

I read a book or two about FLO and live in the area...thought it would be nice to see where he spent the later part of his life when not at mental hospital in Belmont. I got to understand him better reading the books, than...More

Thank Missartsycraftsy
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

This Magnificent home which dates back to 1883 is located not that far from Boston and can be reached by public transportation. I have used Public Transportation in Massachusetts since I don't drive much, And it's fabulous. I live in New York City. The beauty...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited this place on a drizzly day which only made it more beautiful and peaceful. The house is beautiful and you learn so much about how FLO started the official career of Landscape Architecture. We spent about 90 minutes total, which...More

Thank Jennie S
alparkranger, Manager at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Thanks for the kind words. I think I was the one who showed you folks around. Hope you enjoyed your visit to Boston and of course to us in Brookline. And hope you enjoyed the game.

Reviewed 6 January 2017

love Olmsted and love the way the material is thoughtfully presented. Great 7 minute film and exhibitions. Opportunity to see the wonderful house in which he lived and started the first landscape design school in America.

Thank dlsoduku
Reviewed 27 November 2016

I work in Boston and have driven by this national park weekly and didn't even know it existed until I was on the national park website. If you have an interest in gardening, landscape architecture or even how people lived at the turn of the...More

Thank swansfromBoston
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7 October 2017|
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Response from vsd4me |
Likely carpet baggers went south. So no money for family oriented parks to enjoy while staying surrounded by nature.