Landslide2008: Marvels of Modernism

Estates Drive Reservoir

Oakland, California

Designed by Robert Royston

“…Royston offered a new way of looking at the environment, relating studies of color, form, space, massing and movement…”
- Peter Walker and Melanie Simo, Invisible Gardens (1994)

Since 1966, residents of Oakland’s Montclair neighborhood have enjoyed the Robert Royston-designed Estates Drive Reservoir for its tranquility and recreational value.

Royston combined functionality with an abstract Modernist aesthetic in his design of the technologically-innovative cover for an open-cut reservoir. Today, neighbors are fighting to preserve Royston’s design in the face of plans by the East Bay Municipal Utilities District to replace the existing reservoir with two large concrete water storage tanks.




Courtesy Valerie Garry


List of Marvels

Boston City Hall Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts

Estates Drive Reservoir
Oakland, California

Heritage Plaza
Heritage Park
Fort Worth, Texas

Kaiser Roof Garden
Kaiser Center
Oakland, California

Lake Elizabeth
Allegheny Commons
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Manhattan Square Park
Rochester, New York

Mill Creek Canyon

Kent, Washington

Miller Garden
Columbus, Indiana

El Monte
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

Pacific Science
Center Courtyard

Seattle, Washington

San Francisco, California

Peavey Plaza
Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota

education partners
Garden DesignGeorge Eastman House
Additional Sponsors

American Society of Landscape Architects’ Indiana, Pennsylvania/Delaware, Minnesota, Northern California, Texas, Upstate New York, and Washington Chapters • Astorino • Charles Butt • Design Within Reach • Topher Delaney • Sandy Donnell & Justin Faggioli • Fathom • Tom Fox • Hillman Foundation • Indianapolis Museum of Art • Lorraine Osmundson • Richard T. Murphy • National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Northeast, Southwest, and Western Offices- with funds from the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation of New York, Dodge Jones Foundation Intervention Fund, and Eastern Massachusetts Preservation Fund • James Richards • Seibert & Rice • Diana & Bruce Shuman • Ann Stack • SWA Group • TBG Partners • Michal and Jeffrey William Tincup • Unilock Inc. • The Woltz Charitable Trust