Landslide2008: Marvels of Modernism


Photo © Tom Fox

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When the garden first opened to the public, Kaiser regularly scheduled events such as winter ice-skating shows (using portable equipment on the lawn) to draw crowds to the building and increase business for its tenants. In recent years, the garden has hosted free noontime concerts during the summer months and other special events on the weekends. The space is mostly utilized by area workers and residents who are aware of the garden and utilize the downtown oasis. Visiting the garden and patronizing the building’s businesses will assure the space continues to be a vibrant and well-maintained national and regional treasure.


While it is difficult to predict how market forces will affect additional development at Kaiser Center and assuming the Oakland Planning Commission approves the Swig proposal, work has been undertaken to document the rooftop garden through the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). This report will not only serve as a record of the garden’s pioneering design, but it will become an invaluable resource in the preservation of this wonderful amenity. Funds to support HALS documentation, including historic research, measured drawings and photographs, can be donated to the American Society of Landscape Architects Northern California Chapter, 5 Third Street, Suite 724, San Francisco, CA 94103-3200.

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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