Winter 2017 Bulletin and PVHA White Paper
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GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: Christine Edstrom O’Hara
On the faculty of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, professor Christine O’Hara has lectured nationally and internationally on landscape preservation and its application to sustainable landscape design and construction. Christine’s current research focuses on the California work of the Olmsted firm, especially the Olmsted Brothers, and their approach to regionalism.
In 2002 she received the Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History to study the regional design of Palos Verdes Estates and Balboa Park. From this research, the essay “The Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, 1915: the Olmsted Brothers’ Ecological Approach to Developing a New Park Typology for the Arid West” was published in the Journal for the Society of Architectural Historians, March 2011.
Christine holds a BA from Stanford University in English and art history, a MLA from the University of Washington in landscape architecture and preservation planning, and will soon complete her PhD in landscape architecture from University of Edinburgh. She is a trustee of the National Association for Olmsted Parks.
Christine also practices landscape architecture and historic landscape restoration, specializing in the restoration and preservation of historic landscapes. She views history and contemporary design as companion ideas where history provides the framework for understanding the direction of the field of landscape architecture.
FOOTNOTES: Myron Hunt and His Vision of California Architecture
1 Jean Block, “Myron Hunt in the Midwest,” Myron Hunt, 1868-1952: The Search for Regional Architecture, Exhibition catalogue organized by Baxter Art Gallery (Santa Monica: Hennessey and Ingalls, Inc., 1984), 9.
2 Alison Clark, “Myron Hunt in Southern California,” Myron Hunt, 1868-1952: The Search for Regional Architecture, Exhibition catalogue organized by Baxter Art Gallery (Santa Monica: Hennessey and Ingalls, Inc., 1984), 23, 53.
3 Robert M. Fogelson, The Fragmented Metropolis: Los Angeles, 1850-1939 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967), 159.
4 Palos Verdes Art Jury Minutes, for consideration of “Types of Architectural Styles for Projects,” 17 January 1923.
5 See Greene and Greene’s Gamble House (1908), Pasadena; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House (1919), Los Angeles; Gordon Kaufmann’s Milton Getz house (1926), Beverly Hills; and Schindler’s personal residence (1924), Hollywood for further examples.
6 Myron Hunt and H.C. Chambers, “The Architecture of the Pasadena Public Library,” 1927, Manuscript: 3 cited from Alison Clark, “Myron Hunt in Southern California.” Hunt and business partner H.C. Chambers designed another building in Southern California about this time, the Riverside Community Hospital (1925), in a U-shaped plan. When asked for its inspiration, Hunt traced the design back to the architecture of Greece and Pompeii.
7 Harold Kirker, Old Forms on a New Land: California Architecture in Perspective (Niwot: Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1991).
8 Delane Morgan, The Palos Verdes Story (Palos Verdes Peninsula: Palos Verdes Peninsula Library, 1983), 87.