Photo, Print, Drawing Sunset Headquarters, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, San Mateo County, CA

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About this Item

Title
Sunset Headquarters, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, San Mateo County, CA
Contributor Names
Historic American Landscapes Survey, creator
Church, Thomas Dolliver
Sunset Publishing Company
May, Cliff
Sunset Magazine
Embarcadero Capital Partners
Southern Pacific Company
Lane, Laurence
Sunset
Lane Publishing Company
Richardson, Lou
Callahan, Genevieve A.
Lane, Ruth
Lane, William
Lane, Melvin
Time Warner Inc.
Arguello, Don Jose
Rancho de las Pulgas
Higgins and Root
Jacobson, Chris
Sarjeant, Beverly
Benzel, Kathleen
Tom Richman and Associates
Gracyk, Janet, historian
Pattillo, Chris, historian
Johnson, Jill, historian
Stevens, Chris, transmitter
Raube, Sarah, delineator
Gracyk, Janet, delineator
Rodriguez, Lorena Garcia, delineator
Bantle, Genny, delineator
Pattillo, Chris, delineator
Osmundson, Gordon, photographer
Created / Published
Documentation compiled after 2000
Subject Headings
-  gardens
-  Modern architectural elements
-  campus - Modern
-  Modern Plaza gardens
-  gardens - Modernist
-  ranch houses
-  Spanish Colonial Revival architectural elements
-  plastered adobe
-  outdoor furniture
-  travel
-  ells
-  patios
-  wings (building divisions)
-  courtyards
-  fences
-  split-rail fences
-  lawns
-  trees
-  linden trees
-  shrubs
-  sidewalks
-  flagstone
-  desert gardens
-  plant containers
-  plants
-  garden walls
-  gardeners
-  publishing industry
-  Periodicals
-  California -- San Mateo County -- Menlo Park
Latitude / Longitude
37.453641,-122.16386
Notes
-  1st Place Winner - 2015 HALS Challenge: Documenting Modernist Landscapes
-  Significance: The property is closely associated with the influential landscape architect Thomas Dolliver Church; Church designed the landscape for the headquarters and his residential designs were featured in Sunset Publishing's magazines and books. The property also features a Cliff May building; May was an influential proponent of a one-story, light-filled, indoor-outdoor open design and he is credited with creating the informal Ranch Style in the 1930s. Thousands of visitors toured the property and it is regularly featured in the magazine. Sunset Headquarters was strongly associated with an emerging identity of suburban westerners in the United States as a distinct population embracing modern design, outdoor living, gardening, cooking and travel during the expansive post-WWII era. Mainstream modern residences built on the periphery of large urban areas changed significantly during this period, from the high-design styles of the Case Study houses to the simpler expressions found in subdivisions designed by Joseph Eichler, as well as more anonymous suburbs. Sunset magazine promoted design coupled with comfort and convenience and targeted upwardly-mobile suburbanites. Design ideas, materials, and methods promoted by the magazine influenced popular culture due to the popularity of the magazine and the company's books.
-  Survey number: HALS CA-115
-  Building/structure dates: ca. 1951 Initial Construction
-  Building/structure dates: ca. 1953 Subsequent Work
-  Building/structure dates: ca. 1964 Subsequent Work
-  Building/structure dates: ca. 1973 Subsequent Work
-  Building/structure dates: ca. 2000 Subsequent Work
Medium
Photo(s): 20
Measured Drawing(s): 3
Data Page(s): 29
Photo Caption Page(s): 2
Call Number/Physical Location
HALS CA-115
Source Collection
Historic American Landscapes Survey (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Control Number
ca4186
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html
Online Format
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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Landscapes Survey, Creator, Thomas Dolliver Church, Sunset Publishing Company, Cliff May, Sunset Magazine, Embarcadero Capital Partners, Southern Pacific Company, et al., Osmundson, Gordon, photographer. Sunset Headquarters, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, San Mateo County, CA. San Mateo County California Menlo Park, 2000. translateds by Stevens, Chrismitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/ca4186/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Landscapes Survey, C., Church, T. D., Sunset Publishing Company, May, C., Sunset Magazine, Embarcadero Capital Partners [...] Pattillo, C., Osmundson, G., photographer. (2000) Sunset Headquarters, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, San Mateo County, CA. San Mateo County California Menlo Park, 2000. Stevens, C., trans Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ca4186/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Landscapes Survey, Creator, et al., photographer by Osmundson, Gordon. Sunset Headquarters, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, San Mateo County, CA. trans by Stevens, Chrismitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/ca4186/>.

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