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Friends of Olmsted-Beil House

Friends of Olmsted-Beil House (FOBH) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, formed in 2018 by concerned neighbors and former residents of Frederick Law Olmsted’s farmhouse to preserve and present to the public this historic site of local and national importance. The ultimate goal is to make of this site an educational center open to scholars and visitors alike.

FOBH works to engage the community and local leaders in efforts to restore the Olmsted-Beil House historic site. Working side by side with the New York City Landmarks Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, FOBH is a leader in the efforts to stabilize the house and to prevent further damage before large-scale restoration work can begin.

FOBH’s goal is to raise awareness of the house and its significance, educate the local community and the larger public about this historic treasure, and bring back to life the property that was so central to the ideas of the man, Frederick Law Olmsted, who gave America an enduring legacy of magnificent green spaces stretching from New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks, to Boston’s Emerald Necklace, to Niagara Falls State Park, and to Yosemite National Park. It is a member of the Olmsted Network.

Matt Falber presenting on Olmsted.
FOBH Advisory Board member Matt Falber presenting on Olmsted, January 2020. Photo: Maureen Marlow

In 2019, FOBH received the Bright Future Award from Partnerships for Parks of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the City Parks Foundation in recognition of “exceptional leadership and commitment to their local park through service, advocacy, and collaboration.”

Friends of Olmsted-Beil House welcomes support from all—New Yorkers and others—who are concerned with urban green spaces and with urban history. Our preservation and education work will return to glory an essential part of New York City’s past. Tax-deductible donations can be made here: