Call to Release Grant Funds for the Purchase of Olmsted Farm Property

Olmsted Farm Property

Land adjoining Frederick Law Olmsted’s farmhouse on Staten Island, which was instrumental in shaping his design principles, is in danger of being sold to developers. Despite recent designations to the national and New York state historic registries of the Farmhouse, the state has yet to release the funds it set aside to purchase 1.2 acres immediately adjoining the house. The National Association for Olmsted Parks, along with six other Olmsted 200 partner organizations, sent the following letter to Governor Cuomo, imploring him to protect this important landscape, which will preserve the farmhouse’s viewshed to Raritan Bay and descendants of trees planted by Olmsted himself. You can help us save the property by contacting the Governor’s office and members of the New York State Assembly, urging them to take action!

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