The Olmsted Network invites you to commemorate Frederick Law Olmsted’s 202nd birthday with a virtual trip to Fairsted, the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (FLONHS). Join us as we explore the property’s history, share its preservation story and learn more about its current life as a National Park Service (NPS) historic site.
In 1883, Olmsted moved his family to a modest 1810 farmhouse on 1.75 acres of land in Brookline, MA, which he named Fairsted. The site served as a primary residence and the first full-scale professional landscape architecture office. There, Olmsted, his sons and their successors undertook nearly 6,000 landscape projects.
The NPS acquired Fairsted in 1979, marking a new chapter as FLONHS. NPS is responsible for preserving and providing access to the landscape, home and office, and the 1,000,000+ documents in the Olmsted Archives.
Through a partnership with the Olmsted Network, FLONHS continues to catalog, conserve and digitize archival materials for public accessibility.