Landslide2008: Marvels of Modernism



Bounded by Holloway and 19th Avenues, Brotherhood Way, and Lakemerced Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94132


Existing Site Plan for Parkmerced PDF
Parkmerced History By DOCOMOMO US Northern California Chapter PDF
Letter of Support from National Trust for Historic Preservation PDF
Parkmerced Residents’ Organization Letter to SFSU Campus Planning” PDF
“Parkmerced: Symbol of future or the past?” San Francisco Chronicle, May 2008.
“Parkmerced tries 'domination' to gain visibility.” San Francisco Business Times, July 2007.
Parkmerced Blog


Rainey, Reuben and JC Miller. Modern Public Gardens: Robert Royston and the Suburban Park. San Francisco: William Stout Publishers, 2006.

Designer Bios

Thomas D. Church (1902-1978) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He began practicing landscape architecture during a time of tremendous transition and experimentation in the field. Church's approach to design sought direction from three major sources: the site, the architecture of the structures, and the client's personality or preferences. Along with consulting on several California campuses, Church designed more than 2,000 gardens during his forty year career. Notable projects include Valencia Public Housing (1939-1943) and Park Merced (1941-1950) both in San Francisco and the General Motors Technical Center (1949-1959) outside Detroit.

Robert Royston (1918-2008) 

Leonard Schultze, FAIA (1877-1951) established Leonard Schultze and Associates in New York, New York. The architectural firm was well-known for its design of large apartment buildings, high-rise hotels, hospitals, and clubs across the country throughout the 1920’s and 1930s. Along with Parkmerced in San Francisco, the firm designed other large-scale residential developments including Parkfairfax in Virginia and Park La Brea in Los Angeles.


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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