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Organizations and Agencies

Olmsted Related Organizations and Agencies

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, National Park Service

Fairsted, a national historic site, was Olmsted’s home and office in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Olmsted moved his home to suburban Boston in 1883 and established the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. He called his home and office Fairsted. During the next century, his sons and successors perpetuated Olmsted's design ideals, philosophy, and influence. The beautifully restored property contains exhibits, archives, Olmsted’s design studio and home.

The Biltmore Company

When Olmsted was 66 he took on the largest landscape commission of his life, Biltmore, the huge estate of George W. Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt had an idea that maybe he would create his own private Central Park. Olmsted suggested turning it into an experiment in managed forestry. Part of the estate has since been turned into the Pisgah National Forest. Visitors can tour the grounds and explore the magnificent home, one of the largest private residences in the world.

National Association of Olmsted Parks

The National Association for Olmsted Parks works to preserve the legacy of landscape work left by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. and the firm continued by his sons.

The NAOP is a coalition of design and preservation professionals, historic property and park managers, scholars, municipal officials, citizen activists and representatives of numerous Olmsted organizations around the United States. For more than 30 years, NAOP has raised awareness of the importance of the Olmsted legacy among public officials, community leaders, landscape design professionals and academics.

The Library of American Landscape History

LALH is the only nonprofit organization in the world devoted to publishing in the field of American landscape history.

The mission of the Library of American Landscape History is to foster understanding of the fine art of landscape architecture and appreciation for North America’s richly varied landscape heritage through LALH books, exhibitions, and online resources. LALH texts are written by leading historians in the field. Richly illustrated, they appeal to general readers as well as specialists.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Cultural Landscape Foundation is dedicated to increasing the public's awareness and understanding of the importance and irreplaceable legacy of its cultural landscapes.

Through education, technical assistance, and outreach, TCLF broadens awareness of and support for historic landscapes nationwide in hopes of saving this diverse and priceless heritage for future generations. TCLF’s overall success can be measured by the millions of people who have learned about cultural landscapes through its website, publications and events—as well as through the growing national awareness of the importance of America’s cultural landscapes and the increasing efforts to document and protect this heritage.

The City Parks Alliance

City Parks Alliance is the only independent, nationwide membership organization solely dedicated to urban parks. The City Parks Alliance unites and serves a growing network of hundreds of civic and community leaders, government agencies, parks and recreation authorities, and funders. The mission of the City Parks Alliance is to engage, educate and nurture a broad-based constituency to support the creation, revitalization and sustainability of parks and green spaces that contribute to dynamic cities.

Website Produced by WNED PBS

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Americais a co-production of WNED PBS, Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions Inc., made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor and The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. With funding provided by HSBC, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and The C.E. & S. Foundation. With additional support from The Peter C. Cornell Trust and Mass Humanities.

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