Olmsted Network


The Olmsted Network is the first and only national organization dedicated to championing Olmsted parks, places and principles through advocacy, education and stewardship.


Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903)

Frederick Law Olmsted was born in Hartford, CT, in 1822. It wasn’t until he was 43 years old that he decided to devote himself fully to landscape architecture. His experiences as a farmer, journalist for The New York Times, administrator and public servant all influenced his later thinking and career.

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Parks, Landscapes & More

Olmsted created some of the most iconic and recognizable landscapes in North America, including Central Park in New York City, the Emerald Necklace in Boston, Jackson Park in Chicago and the park systems of Louisville, Rochester and Buffalo.

Explore the Olmsted Trail

Design Theory, Principles & Philosophy

Over a period of nearly 100 years, the Olmsted firm had thousands of projects throughout the United States, Canada and other countries. Explore the Master List of Design Projects, the Olmsted Papers Project, Olmsted’s Theory & Design Principles and more.

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Join the Olmsted Network

Help us preserve and protect historic Olmsted landscapes; provide advocacy and technical assistance at the national and local level; offer key resources and educational material about Olmsted landscape designs; provide regular conferences and online forums for park leaders and the public; and publish and promote scholarship.

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