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Photo, Print, Drawing Marin General Hospital, 250 Bon Air Road, Green Brae, Marin County, CA

[ Drawings from Survey HALS CA-118  ]

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[ Data Pages from Survey HALS CA-118  ]

About this Item

Title

  • Marin General Hospital, 250 Bon Air Road, Green Brae, Marin County, CA

Names

  • Historic American Landscapes Survey, creator
  • Halprin, Lawrence
  • Hotel Bon Air
  • Manlove, Margaret
  • Manlove, John
  • Dell'Era, Louis
  • Dell'Era, Josephine
  • Staunton, Robert
  • Kendall, Lillian
  • Shinn, Robert
  • Bradley, Denise, historian
  • Gracyk, Janet, delineator
  • Stevens, Chris, transmitter

Created / Published

  • Documentation compiled after 2000

Headings

  • -  Modern architectural elements
  • -  campus - Modern
  • -  Modern Plaza gardens
  • -  gardens - Modernist
  • -  terraces
  • -  hospitals
  • -  public sculpture
  • -  outdoor furniture
  • -  parking lots
  • -  wings (building divisions)
  • -  trees
  • -  oak trees
  • -  eucalyptus trees
  • -  walkways
  • -  health care
  • -  health care facilities
  • -  California -- Marin County -- Green Brae

Latitude / Longitude

  • 37.94714,-122.536

Notes

  • -  2nd Place Winner - 2015 HALS Challenge: Documenting Modernist Landscapes
  • -  Significance: Lawrence Halprin's 1951 design for the grounds around the Marin General Hospital is significant as his first commission to design a public garden space after he established his own practice in 1949. It represents a transitional point in Halprin's career when he began to address larger and more complex site issues and to incorporate the needs of multiple users -rather than simply addressing the needs of a single family within a private garden -into his design process. His design incorporated walkways, gardens, sculpture, and activity areas that were appropriate for ambulatory patients. The landscape south of the Central Wing (the original hospital building) contains the remaining portions of this design. Here Halprin addressed the original entrance sequence into the hospital and its related parking needs and created two separate garden areas, which he identified on his 1951 plan as the "Ambulatory Terrace" and the "Bar-B-Que Terrace." These remaining elements of the design illustrate Halprin's interpretation, at this early point in his career, of Modernist landscape design aesthetics within the public landscape realm. Halprin (1916-2009), who was one of the preeminent landscape architects of the twentieth century, had a profound influence on landscape architecture through his work as a designer, an author, a filmmaker, and a workshop facilitator. He was probably best known for designing public spaces -including The Source Fountain, Lovejoy Fountain Plaza, Pettygrove Park, and Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain that comprise the Portland Open Space Sequence, the Seattle Freeway Park, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial -that promoted interactions between the physical space and the user. His designs were based on his lifelong observations of how people moved in and used outdoor spaces and in the creative processes found in nature. Halprin was recognized for his work in landscape architecture, urban planning, and environmental design through numerous awards including the ALSA Medal, the highest honor that the American Society of Landscape Architects bestows on an individual (1978), the American Institute of Architects' Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture (1979), and the National Medal of Arts (2002), the highest award given to an artist by the United States government. He practiced from 1945 until his death in 2009.
  • -  Survey number: HALS CA-118
  • -  Building/structure dates: ca. 1951 Initial Construction
  • -  Building/structure dates: ca. 1961 Subsequent Work
  • -  Building/structure dates: ca. 1967 Subsequent Work
  • -  Building/structure dates: ca. 1986 Subsequent Work
  • -  Building/structure dates: ca. 2015 Subsequent Work

Medium

  • Measured Drawing(s): 3
  • Data Page(s): 28

Call Number/Physical Location

  • HALS CA-118

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

  • ca4193

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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Landscapes Survey, Creator, Lawrence Halprin, Hotel Bon Air, Margaret Manlove, John Manlove, Louis Dell'Era, Josephine Dell'Era, et al. Marin General Hospital, 250 Bon Air Road, Green Brae, Marin County, CA. Marin County California Green Brae, 2000. translateds by Stevens, Chrismitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/ca4193/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Landscapes Survey, C., Halprin, L., Hotel Bon Air, Manlove, M., Manlove, J., Dell'Era, L. [...] Gracyk, J. (2000) Marin General Hospital, 250 Bon Air Road, Green Brae, Marin County, CA. Marin County California Green Brae, 2000. Stevens, C., trans Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ca4193/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Landscapes Survey, Creator, et al. Marin General Hospital, 250 Bon Air Road, Green Brae, Marin County, CA. trans by Stevens, Chrismitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/ca4193/>.