Glenn Robert Lym Architect AIA/PhD

HERE2 Video Podcast:

A History of Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park is a major venue for the Bay Area's residents to go to unwind, commune with nature, dance freely and participate in epoch defining celebrations.  Yet like the cityscape it relieves, Golden Gate Park is a man made construction.  And like the city, it too has eradicated the land upon which it was built.

So the history of Golden Gate Park is more than a history of hard and
inventive work to plant trees in a treeless, windswept environment.  It is also more than a history of the struggles of those who sought a bucolic park against those who had sought to locate massive building projects in a large convenient location.

The construction of Golden Gate Park, wittingly or not, creates a myth of
what San Francisco might be have been had the city never been built - it's implied, Garden of Eden.

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HERE2 is 18 minutes long and was written, filmed and edited in the Spring through Fall of 2009.

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C r e d i t s

Thanks to Ron Wellman for driving assistance.


F l y o v e r V i d e o

http://earth.google.com and
SnapzProX video capture software by Ambrosia Software
http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/


R e f e r e n c e s A n d / o r S t i l l P h o t o g r a p h y - B o o k s & L e c t u r e s

Gray Brechin  Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruins
University of California Press 1999

Greg Gaar and Ryder W. Miller  San Francisco: A Natural History
Arcadia Publishing 2006

Richard Longstretch
On the Edge of the World: four architects in San Francisco at the turn of the Century
Architectural History Foundation & The MIT Press 1983

Charles Lockwood Suddenly San Francisco: The Early Years of an Instant City
San Francisco Examiner - California Living Book  1978

Gabriel Moulin
Gabriel Moulin's San Francisco Peninsula: Town and country homes 1910-1930
Windgate Press 1985
Photographs Copyrighted by Moulin Studios, Used by Permission

Christopher Pollack  Golden Gate Park: San Francisco's Urban Oasis
Aracadia Publishing 2003

Christopher Pollack
San Francisco's Golden Gate Park: a Thousand and Seventeen Acres of Stories
West Winds Press  2001

Joel Pomerantz, lecturer
History of Transportation in Golden Gate Park
Nature In The City Lecture Series at The Randal Museum,
San Francisco March 23, 2009

James R. Smith  San Francisco's Lost Landmarks
Word Dancer Press 2005


R e f e r e n c e s A n d / o r S t i l l P h o t o g r a p h y - W e b s i t e s

Alamedainfo.com  http://alamedainfo.com/postcards_of_san_francisco_3.htm

Christopher Craig  Woodward Gardens
http://sfhistoryencyclopedia.com/articles/w/woodwardGardens.html 

California Academy of Sciences
http://research.calacademy.org/research/library/special/buildings/

Francis Scott Key Memorial Statue in front of ACAD
#N1396, Copyright California Academy of Sciences Library, Special Collections. Unknown Photographer, Unknown Date

Early Montgomery Street Home of ACAD
#N1323, Copyright California Academy of Sciences Library, Special Collections. copied from Frank Soule's The Annals of San Francisco 1855

Early Museum housed in the First Congregational Church
#N1327, Copyright California Academy of Sciences Library, Special Collections. Faradon Photograph #421, 1856

Market Street Home, Exterior View
#N1350, Copyright California Academy of Sciences Library, Special Collections. Unknown Photographer, ca. 1895

Market Street Home, Interior View
#N1351, Copyright California Academy of Sciences Library, Special Collections. Unknown Photographer, ca. 1900

Market Street Home, post 1906 view
#N1353D, Copyright California Academy of Sciences Library, Special Collections. Unknown Photographer, 1906

Early View of Steinhart Court Pool
#N1360, Copyright California Academy of Sciences Library, Special Collections. Unknown Photographer, ca. 1923

Simpson African Hall Interior
#N20,866B, Copyright California Academy of Sciences Library, Special Collections. Unknown Photographer, ca. 1950

Birdseye View of The California Academy of Sciences
#N1383A, Copyright California Academy of Sciences Library, Special Collections. Unknown Photographer, ca. 1960

Cross Concourse View of Whales in Court
#N1391, Copyright California Academy of Sciences Library, Special Collections. Unknown Photographer, ca. 1960

Cliff House Project  www.cliffhouseproject.com

De Young Museum  http://www.famsf.org/deyoung/about/index.asp

Encyclopedia of San Francisco
"Guide to the Pacific Railroad:Woodward Gardens-1879"
http://www.sfhistoryencyclopedia.com/articles/w/woodwardGardens.html

FoundSF
http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=The_1894_Midwinter_Fair_in_Golden_Gate_Park

FoundSF
http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=Woodward%27s_Gardens%2C_c._1860s

Golden Gate Park Band
http://www.mindspring.com/~nemoyten/ggpb/Home.html

Angus Macfarlane
"Race Tracks of the West Side"  http://www.outsidelands.org/speed-road.php

Christopher Pollack
"Golden Gate Park History: Historical Essay"
http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=Golden_Gate_Park_History  15 February 2009

Charles Beebe Turrill (1854-1927) "Woodward's Gardens"
http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist9/woodward.html

San Francisco Memories
http://sanfranciscomemories.com/mwf/midwinterfair.html

San Francisco Memories
http://www.sanfranciscomemories.com/woodwardsgardens/index.html

Susan Saperstein "Olden Gate Park's Speed Road"
http://www.sfcityguides.org/public_guidelines.html?article=1054&submitted=TRUE&srch_text=&submitted2=&topic=

sfpix.com  http://www.sfpix.com

Unknown Author
"Your Guide Book to the Pacific Railroad: San Francisco in 1879 - Woodward Gardens" 
http://americahurrah.com/PRR/SFWoodwards.htm

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Gate_Park

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McLaren_(gardener)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hammond_Hall


M u s i c

Title Music
by Glenn Lym

Woodward Gardens
"I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen" 1876 by Thomas P. Westerdorf
online at the Library of Congress, Music Division: Music of the Nation - American Sheet Music  from http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/smhtml/smhome.html

"Garfield-A Nation's Tribute of Rejoicing and Prayer for the Recovery of Their Beloved President" 1881 by Frank N. Scott
online at the Library of Congress, Music Division: Music of the Nation - American Sheet Music  from http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/smhtml/smhome.html

Mid Winter Exposition
"The Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah" 1894 - performed by the Battery Band of New York City,
"Cylinder of the Month" from http://www.tinfoil.com/cm-0212.htm#ny-hallelujahcho

"The Esquimaux Dance" 1892 - performed by William Tuson on Clarinet, with piano, anvil and dog accompaniment, "Cylinder of the Month" from http://www.tinfoil.com/cm-9906.htm#nj-danc

Concourse Band Shell
"Circus Band" by Charles Ives from "Charles Ives An American Journey"
Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus

Ending, Eastward Park Flyover
"One Jam" by Glenn Lym from http://www.myspace.com/glennlym