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Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
In eastern Massachusetts, in Brookline
The site preserves the home and office of America's leading landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, who created some 5,000 public and private landscapes—including New York's Central Park and the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, DC. In 1883, Olmsted opened the Brookline office that would be inherited by his sons, associates, and successors, and which would eventually become a vital part of America's national heritage. More than 1 million landscape design documents were produced at Olmsted's home and office, and the grounds are now a living exhibit of the artist's design ideals. The site was established in 1979.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Touring historic grounds, watching film. Facilities: Visitor center, guided tours. Bookstore. Programs & Events: Interpretive tours (Fri.-Sun. 10-4:30), ranger-led tours of Olmsted-designed landscapes in Boston area. Holiday Open House (Dec). Tips & Hints: Parking is limited. Busiest May-June, least crowded Nov.-Jan.
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. No smoking or pets inside historic buildings. Site open Fri.-Sun. 10-4:30.
HOW TO GET THERE
Near Brookline, 3 mi from downtown Boston via MBTA Bus 60 (exit at intersection of Boylston and Warren Sts. in Brookline, then follow Warren St. Vs mi to Olmsted NHS), MBTA Riverside "D" Green Line subway (exit at Brookline Hills station, turn right, follow sidewalk to Cypress St. and across Boylston St. intersection, turn right on Walnut St., left on Warren St., and continue to intersection with Warren and Dudley Sts.). Closest airport: Boston (8 mi).
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (99 Warren St., Brookline, MA 02445, tel. 617/566-1689, fax 617/232-4073). Brookline Chamber of Commerce (1101 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446, tel. 617/739-1330).
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