Frederick L. Olmsted National Historic Site

Brookline, Massachusetts
National Historic Landmark

Key Issues

• Establish the ca. 1930 appearance of each room via onsite and archival research
• Analyze stored collections to locate artifacts original to the rooms
• Identify additional objects/furnishings to be acquired as part of the re-furnishing
• Provide interpretive recommendations to “bring to life” the newly furnished spaces
• Develop furnishing plans in CAD for each room to assist curators

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  • Olmsted_Interior

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American Landscape Architecture. Olmsted moved to suburban Boston in 1883, acquired Fairsted, and in his home established the world’s first professional landscape architectural office. Olmsted designed hundreds of American parks, including the Emerald Necklace in Boston, and with Calvert Vaux, Central Park in New York City.  The offices expanded as the firm’s practice grew. At Olmsted’s death, his two sons continued the business; its peak was in the late 1920’s when the offices and staff were at their maximum size. In 1979 the National Park Service purchased “Fairsted” and Congress established the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

Candace Volz, in association with Hardy Heck & Moore, prepared additions to a previously developed Historic Furnishings Report. This new report and implementation plan provides detailed guidance for accurate refurnishing and interpretation of six additional office spaces to their ca. 1930 appearance.