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Northern California Chapter

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Lovelace Residence HALS Documentation
PGA Design
Principal in Charge: Chris Pattillo
Client: Lillian Lovelace

Hand-sketch of the Japanese-style Tea House designed by Isabelle Greene in conjunction with Andy Neumann, a local architect.
Hand-sketch of the pool and surrounding boulders as seen from the Tea House.
Hand-sketch of the perennial bed, stone steps and lawn terrace behind the George Washington Smith designed residence.
Hand-sketch of two garden paths crossing at grouped boulders.
Hand-sketch of the path to the garage/studio.
Hand-sketch of a native sycamore (Platanus racemosa) branch that extends out 30’ over a garden bed. This sketch shows the prophyry sets and granite ballast stone edging used to mark two parking spaces.
Hand-sketch of the multi-level deck that wraps around the Tea House, custom wood bench and Japanese-style metal handrail.
Hand-sketch of the carport pergola that weaves around a bracelet honey-myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris).
Enlargement of the Tea House area showing detail at the natural pool and rock work.
Enlargement of the area around the house showing detail of the driveway paving.
Site Plan produced by digital drafting and illustrative techniques of shadows, hatches and tree symbols to capture the character and feeling of the wooded site.
Title Sheet of official HALS documentation of Lovelace Residence.

The Lovelace garden meets the significance criteria of the National Register of Historic Places as an example of the contemporary California Regionalist Garden. This style found expression from the late 19th century to the contemporary period through a succession of landscape styles, including what has been variously called the “New Garden” or the “Post-Modernist Garden.”

Commissioned voluntarily by the property owner, Mrs. Lovelace, the design team documented her garden development, started in 1972 by the legendary Isabelle Greene, providing a complete, high-level set of HALS documents. Lovelace felt that Isabelle’s ephemeral work as a landscape architect made her one of the masters worth documenting. The resulting documentation included: hand drawn sketches to capture site character, Autocad images, and illustrative work showing shadows, trees, and foliage to best convey the attributes of the ground plane. Some of Isabelle’s own sketch work was included showing the progression of her design. Evident in final report is Isabelle’s environmental sensitivity and reactiveness to her site. It helped set the stage for future ecological trends that govern the industry today.