Frederick Law Olmsted & the Massachusetts Legacy

The firm Frederick Law Olmsted was involved in over 1,200 landscape architecture projects throughout Massachusetts, ranging from expansive 500-acre public parks to intimate private gardens. One of its greatest achievements is a six-mile “emerald necklace” of ponds, parks, and parkways that winds its way through Boston. Alan Banks sampled this rich landscape legacy and explored the ideas that shaped some of the most treasured lands in Massachusetts. Banks oversees the historical interpretation of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Massachusetts.

We learned that Olmstead was a reformer, artist and engineer as he provided a lasting legacy of parks and communities throughout the country. We were all encouraged to plan a visit to the Olmstead National Site in Brookline to see where he lived and worked.