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Presentation on Gardens in the City: San Francisco Residence Parks

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Residence Parks, also known as “garden suburbs,” were usually on the outskirts of San Francisco’s street system to suggest a feeling of living in the country. Garden suburbs were popular from the turn of the 20th century through the 1920s. Developers provided entry gates, public sculptures, ceremonial stairs and fountains to establish a sense of place. Hilly sites used curvilinear street designs to make it easier to traverse the slopes and to add picturesque streetscapes with trees and lush planting, and sometimes private parks. Building requirements created park-like living with a degree of privacy ordinarily unachievable in San Francisco along with high-quality houses.

This presentation will present an overview of the findings of the historic context statement on eight residence parks in San Francisco: Jordan Park (established 1906), West Clay Park (1910), Ingleside Terraces (1911), Forest Hill and Forest Hill Extension (1912), St. Francis Wood (1912), Lincoln Manor (1913), Sea Cliff (1913), and Balboa Terrace (1920). These examples were selected to provide a range in size, topography, length of completion, and developer experience, vision, and execution.

Richard Brandi is a board member of the Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP). He is the author of two books, journal articles, and conference papers about architecture, urban history, and city planning. For further details on the presentation please contact: rbrandi@earthlink.net

Date: August 24, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: San Francisco Planning, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
Please note: San Francisco Planning is ADA accessible. Please be sure to sign in and sign out at the security desk of the building.
Language Access or Accessibility Accommodations: Please contact Candace SooHoo at candace.soohoo@sfgov.org at least three business days in advance.

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