Levi Strauss Plaza

Levi Strauss Plaza, San Francisco

The Post War Years in Northern California

Annual Conference of the California Garden and Landscape History Society
October 23-25, 2009, Berkeley, California

This year our Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the following symposium:

A symposium presented by The Cultural Landscape Foundation celebrating the publication of Shaping the American Landscape: New Profiles from the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Project, University of Virginia, 2009.

Landscapes for Living will place a focus on the unique Post War legacy of public and private landscapes in Northern California through actual participants who played an active role during what is now thought to be an unprecedented, optimistic time of innovation and experimentation. Speakers will provide rare insights and will include critical participants of the era in addition to present-day practitioners and historians.

Saturday the 24th will be a day of lectures at the College of Environmental Design, Wurster Hall, University of California at Berkeley. The day will begin with an overview by TCLF president, Charles A. Birnbaum, and an introduction to “The Modern California Garden at Mid-Century” by UCB professor of architecture emeritus & CGLHS member, Marc Treib. A stellar list of speakers will discuss the influence of such well known Bay Area landscape architects as Robert Royston, Hideo Sasaki, Lawrence Halprin, and Garrett Eckbo.

Sunday’s self-drive tour will visit public spaces and private gardens designed by several of the “modernists” profiled by Saturday’s speakers. The tour will include work by Robert Royston and Lawrence Halprin. Accompanying the group will be landscape architects, historians, authors and others who will share their impressions of these significant Modernist landscapes in San Francisco and Marin County.

Complete details for all three days of the symposium are on The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s website, www.tclf.org/events/pioneers/berkeley

Sunday, October 25, 9:00 a.m to 9:45 a.m.
Suzman & Cole Design Associates, Landscape Architecture
1265 Battery Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco

This year our annual meeting will be held immediately before the self-drive tour–Spotlight on Northern California Modernism: San Francisco and Marin County–part of the Landscapes for Living symposium.

Board and Committee meetings will be held the morning before the symposium starts on Friday, October 23.

Landscapes for Living: Post-War years in Northern California
October 23-25, 2009 – UC Berkeley
The Cultural Landscape Foundation, The Garden Conservancy, The UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture Program, California Garden & Landscape History Society, The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Friday, October 23
Marvels Opening and “Pioneer” Exhibit from Berkeley Archives
Environmental Design Library, Volkmann Reading Room, Rm 210 Wurster Hall
Full symposium registration includes this event. Guest tickets available.

Saturday, October 24
Registration – Wurster Hall Auditorium


Overview – Charles A. Birnbaum

The Modern California Garden at Mid-Century – Marc Treib


Reflections on Sasaki: The Early Years – Kalvin Platt

Remembering Royston and Reflecting on the Legacy – Asa Hanamoto, J.C. Miller, Tito Patri


Working with Lawrence Halprin – Steven Koch, Andrew Sullivan

Working with Garrett Eckbo – Walter Hood, Ken Kay


Reflecting on the Post War Legacy in Northern California – Cheryl Barton, Elizabeth
Byers, Linda Jewell, Walter Hood, Ken Kay, Steve Koch, J.C. Miller

Closing Remarks

Sunday, October 25
Light breakfast hosted by the California Garden and Landscape History Society and the offices of Suzman & Cole, Landscape Architects.

Tour registrants please call 415/441-4300 to RSVP for breakfast & get building access directions.

Enjoy this treat—learn about CGLHS at an informal “Annual Meeting” in Suzman and Cole’s stunning roof garden overlooking the Levi Strauss Plaza and planted with grasses, succulents, sculpture and a surprising view of Coit Tower and the east side of Telegraph Hill.

9:45 – 5:00
Study Tour – This self-drive tour will visit public spaces and private gardens designed by several of the “modernists” profiled by Saturday’s speakers. Check-in at Levi Strauss Plaza (for those not attending the breakfast).

Location: Battery & Filbert Streets, San Francisco.  Meet at the west side of the main fountain.  Conversation and walk through Levi Strauss Plaza (Steven Koch and others lead conversation.)

Group then departs for the rest of the study tour:
Spotlight on Northern California Modernism: San Francisco and Marin County
Self-drive Study Tour

San Francisco~
Levi Strauss Plaza
St. Mary’s Square
Ghirardelli Square (Steven Koch and others lead conversation)
Mill Valley~
Lytton Square (Depot Plaza)
Robert Royston and Joseph Stein Gardens, designed by Robert Royston
Conversation and walk through both gardens (Hannelore Royston, Nora Rusbar, J.C. Miller)