George T. Rockrise Collection, 1935-1991 (bulk 1950-1972)

Processed by Shelly L. Irving.
Environmental Design Archives
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George T. Rockrise Collection, 1935-1991 (bulk 1950-1972)

Collection number: 2001-6

Environmental Design Archives



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

  • Environmental Design Archives
  • College of Environmental Design
  • 230 Wurster Hall #1820
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-1820
  • Phone: (510) 642-5124
  • Fax: (510) 642-2824
  • Email: archives@socrates.berkeley.edu
  • URL: http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/
Processed by:
Shelly L. Irving
Date Completed:
March 2002
Encoded by:
Environmental Design Archives staff
Funding:
Arrangement and description of this collection was funded by a grant from the LEF Foundation.
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: George T. Rockrise collection,
Date (inclusive): 1935-1991
Date (bulk): (bulk 1950-1972)
Collection number: 2001-6
Creator: Rockrise, George T., 1917-2000
Extent: 5 boxes, 1 flat box, 2 flat file drawers.
Repository: Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design.
University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California
Abstract: The George T. Rockrise collection contains some personal documents, such as letters sent to family during Rockrise's years as a Fulbright Scholar in Italy, holiday cards and travel sketches, but is mostly comprised of professional papers, office records and project records. The documents in the professional papers series reveals Rockrise's diverse interests, active involvement and success in all aspects of environmental design. The majority of projects in the office and project records series were completed by Rockrise as a sole practitioner, often collaborating with landscape architects on projects such as the Donnell Pool House with Thomas Church.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the Curator.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George T. Rockrise Collection, (2001-6), Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California.

Acquisition Information

This material was acquired in 2001.

Funding

Arrangement and description of this collection was funded by a grant from the LEF Foundation.

Access Points

Architects -- California.
Architects -- Travel.
Architecture -- California.
Architecture -- 20th Century -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.
Architecture, Domestic -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.
Buildings -- California -- Dewey Donnell garden (El Novillero).
Dewey Donnell garden (El Novillero) (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Landscape architecture -- California.
Braun, Ernest
Church, Thomas D.
Halprin, Lawrence
Rockrise, Thomas S.
ROMA Architects
Royston, Hanamoto & Mayes
Online Archive of California

Biographical Note

George T. Rockrise (1917-2000)
George T. Rockrise, born in New York City in 1917, was the only child of Agnes Asbury and Thomas S. Rockrise, A.I.A. Thomas S. Rockrise, a 1912 graduate of Syracuse University's School of Architecture, was a successful architect in New York City.
Rockrise also attended Syracuse University's School of Architecture, receiving his undergraduate degree in 1930. Upon graduation he worked for several small architectural and construction firms before being named University Fellow in Architecture at Columbia University in 1940. He graduated with his M.S. in Architecture from Columbia in 1941.
The Panama Canal Service recruited Rockrise immediately after graduation and he began working in Panama that year as an architect for the Canal, the U.S. Navy and the Corps of Engineers Office of the Caribbean Defense Command. Returning to the United States in 1945, Rockrise first worked with Edward Stone in NYC (where he first collaborated with landscape architect, Thomas Church) and then transferred to the office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill where he worked directly with Le Corbusier, Niemayer, Markelius and others as a staff architect on the United Nations Headquarters Building. In 1947 Thomas Church invited Rockrise to move to San Francisco and become an associate of his internationally known landscape architecture firm. In San Francisco Rockrise worked along side Larry Halprin and June Meehan on projects including the Dewey Donnell Garden in Sonoma County. He also began teaching architectural design at the U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University.
In 1949, Rockrise opened his own practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Notable projects include his joint venture proposal with L. Halprin and L. Livingston for SPUR titled "What to do About Market Street," Married Student Housing projects for both U.C. San Francisco and U.C. Davis, the U.S. Consulate Building in Fukuoka, Japan.
Rockrise expanded his practice in 1968 to include his associates, Robert Odermatt, Robert Mountjoy and James Amis. They established ROMA, an architecture and planning firm, in 1980. The partnership resulted in several successful projects including Sun River Lodge in Oregon, the Inn at Bodega Bay, and many residences. They were also asked to design the New American Embassy in Manama Bahrain. In 1985 Rockrise retired from ROMA, but continued to work as a consultant and independent practitioner.
In addition to his architectural practice, Rockrise's career was distinguished by his continual and active involvement in several local and Federal public associations and his leadership roles in civic and professional organizations. Rockrise served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department for diplomatic facilities in Brazil, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Venuzuela, advised the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, lectured at over 20 domestic and international universities, received the Senior Fulbright Scholarship for Urban Design , living in Italy from 1978-79, sat on numerous national and regional honor awards juries and received several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
In the early 1990s Rockrise moved with his family to Glen Ellen in Sonoma County where he passed away in 2000.

Note

Sources:

  • Rockrise, G.T. Biography
  • San Francisco Chronicle, July 14, 2000 Obituary.

Scope and Contents Note

The George T. Rockrise collection spans the dates 1935 - 1991 with the bulk of the records dating between 1950 and 1972. The collection contains some personal documents, such as letters sent to family during Rockrise's years as a Fulbright Scholar in Italy, holiday cards and travel sketches, but is mostly comprised of professional papers, office records and project records.
The documents in the professional papers series reveals Rockrise's diverse interests, active involvement and success in all aspects of environmental design. The majority of projects in the office and project records series were completed by Rockrise as a sole practitioner, often collaborating with landscape architects on projects such as the Donnell Pool House with Thomas Church. These projects range from residences to office buildings, churches, and urban planning projects. The collection contains some work from his time with ROMA, mainly the Charbonneau Development in Wilsonville, Oregon.
Rockrise worked with several notable Bay Area photographers, including Ernest Braun, Morley Baer, Rondal Partridge, Phillip Fein, and Karl H. Riek.

Project Index

The following is a list of architectural projects from the Rockrise Collection. For more complete information about collection contents for each project, as well as shelf location and microfilming status, download the complete http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/pindex/rockrise.xls . For instructions on interpreting the Project Index, see The Guide to the Project Index at http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/pindex/guide.htm .
The project list below, derived from the Project Index, is arranged alphabetically by Project/Client Name and contains information, where available, about the location, date, project type, collaborators, photographers, and formats for each project in the collection.

Project/Client Name (location, date, project type) Collaborator (role), Photographer [Format - Ms=Manuscripts, Dr=Drawings, Ph=Photographs]

  • * Acorn Redevelopment Project ( Oakland , CA ; n.d. ; planning ) [Dr, Ph]
  • * Algarve New Town Plan ( Algarve , Portugal ; n.d. ; planning ) [Ph]
  • * Allen & Rice ( Marin County , CA ; 1953-1954 ; residential ) Photographer: Braun, E. [Dr, Ph]
  • * American Consulate Office Building ( Fukuoka , Japan ; 1957 ; governmental ) Photographer: Ratto, A.G. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Aptos Seascape Recreation Center ( Aptos , CA ; 1964 ; recreational ) Collaborator: Watson, W.J. (architect) [Dr]
  • * Ashland Redevelopment ( Ashland , OR ; n.d. ; planning ) [Dr]
  • * Bell, Harmon ( Piedmont , CA ; 1964 ; residential ) Collaborator: Watson, W.J. (architect) [Dr]
  • * BEQ Modernization Naval Air Station ( Alameda , CA ; n.d. ; governmental ) Collaborator: ROMA (architect) [Ph]
  • * Bergin ( Sausalito , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) Photographer: San Francisco Examiner [Ph]
  • * Bomberger, Bruce ( Kent Woodlands , CA ; 1955-1957 ; residential ) Collaborator: Halprin, L. (landscape architect), Mountjoy, R.C. (architect) ; Photographer: Baer, M., Stone, D. and Steccati, H., Kerr, D. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Brown ( Belvedere , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) [Ph]
  • * Bulotti Machinery Company ( San Francisco , CA ; 1961 ; commercial ) [Dr]
  • * Calvary Presbyterian Church ( San Francisco , CA ; 1968 ; religious ) Collaborator: Johnson [Ms, Dr]
  • * Carpenter Root Development ( Medford , OR ; 1967 ; planning ) Collaborator: Royston, Hanamoto, Mayes & Beck (landscape architect), Watson, W.J. (architect) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Carpenter, Dunbar ( Medford , CA ; 1953 ; residential ) Collaborator: Halprin, L. (landscape architect) ; Photographer: Braun, E. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Charbonneau Contract 513 ( Wilsonville , OR ; 1972 ; residential-multi ) Collaborator: ROMA (architect) Balsinger-Peterson & Associates (architect) Mitchell McArthur Gardner O'Kane (landscape architect) [Dr]
  • * Charbonneau Neighborhood L ( Wilsonville , OR ; 1978 ; residential-multi ) Collaborator: ROMA (architect) [Dr]
  • * Charbonneau Neighborhood M ( Wilsonville , OR ; 1977 ; residential-multi ) Collaborator: ROMA (architect) [Dr]
  • * Charbonneau Neighborhood Q ( Wilsonville , OR ; 1979 ; residential-multi ) Collaborator: ROMA (architect) [Dr]
  • * Charbonneau Neighborhoods F & G ( Wilsonville , OR ; 1971 ; residential-multi ) Collaborator: ROMA (architect) [Dr]
  • * Charbonneau Section I ( Wilsonville , OR ; 1971 ; residential-multi ) Collaborator: ROMA (architect) Balsinger-Peterson & Associates (architect) Mitchell McArthur Gardner O'Kane (landscape architect) [Dr]
  • * Charbonneau Shopping Center ( Wilsonville , OR ; n.d. ; commercial ) Collaborator: ROMA (architect) [Dr]
  • * Coit Drapery Cleaning Plant ( Burlingame , CA ; 1961 ; industrial ) Collaborator: Watson, W.J. (architect) [Dr]
  • * Coohan, Michael ( San Mateo , CA ; 1962 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Cosmopolitan House ( Hillsborough , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) Photographer: Braun, E. [Ph]
  • * Day ( Jackson County , OR ; 1954 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Donnell ( Sonoma , CA ; 1949 ; residential ) Collaborator: Church, T.D. (landscape architect) ; Photographer: Partridge, R. [Ph]
  • * Ehrman ( Rafael , CA ; 1959 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Fahrney, Paul ( Kent Woodlands , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) Collaborator: Church, T.D. (landscape architect) ; Photographer: Braun, E. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Fairman, Derek ( Belvedere , CA ; 1953 ; residential ) Photographer: Braun, E. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Garden Apartments ( Menlo Park , CA ; 1953 ; residential-multi ) [Dr]
  • * Gilman, P.K. ( Kent Woodlands , CA ; 1952-1953 ; residential ) Photographer: Braun, E. [Ph]
  • * Hoover ( Upper Napa Valley , CA ; 1955 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Kimball ( Woodside , CA ; 1967 ; residential ) Collaborator: Ossidoff, V. (architect) [Dr]
  • * Kuzell Lodge ( Squaw Valley , CA ; 1959 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Laguera ( Monterey N.L. , Mexico ; 1965 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Lapham, Rodger D., lodge ( Pebble Beach , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) Collaborator: Watson, W.J. (architect) ; Photographer: Baer, M. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Magowan, Robert ( San Francisco , CA ; 1961 ; residential ) Collaborator: Ruegg, T.G. (architect), Halprin, L. (landscape architect) ; Photographer: Baer, M. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Marion ( Los Gatos , CA ; 1950 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Matzinger, Merrill ( Belvedere , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) Photographer: Baer, M. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Mauney, Guy ( Floras Lake , OR ; 1950 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Mohler ( n.d. ; residential ) Photographer: Molino, K. [Ph]
  • * Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church ( Moraga , CA ; 1963 ; religious ) Collaborator: ROMA (architect) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Moss, John M. ( Walnut Creek , CA ; 1955-1956 ; residential ) [Dr, Ph]
  • * Murphy, Jack ( San Francisco , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) Collaborator: William B. Gilbert & Associates (engineer) ; Photographer: Riek, K.H. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Newell Garden Apartments ( n.d. ; residential-multi ) Photographer: Fein, Philip (photographer) [Ph]
  • * Novato General Hospital ( Novato , CA ; 1972 ; medical ) Collaborator: ROMA, Lawrence Halprin & Assoc.(landscape architects) ; Photographer: Baer, M. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Paradise Ridge Winery ( Santa Rosa , CA ; n.d. ; commercial ) Collaborator: Lufkin & Macnair (landscape architect) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Paxton, Glen V. ( Sausalito , CA ; 1953 ; residential ) Photographer: Partridge, R. [Ph]
  • * Perlman, David ( Squaw Valley , CA ; 1954 ; residential ) Photographer: Braun, E. [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Post ( Kentfield , CA ; 1952 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Riley, William T. ( Atherton , CA ; 1956-1957 ; residential ) Collaborator: Royston, Hanamoto & Mayes (landscape architect) Braun, E. [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Rockrise, George T. ( Squaw Valley , CA ; 1956 ; residential ) Braun, E. [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Rockrise, George T. ( San Francisco , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) Riek, K.H. [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Ross Valley Clinic ( Kentfield , CA ; 1957 ; medical ) Photographer: Riek, K.H. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Santa Clara Redevelopment ( Santa Clara , CA ; 1963-1964 ; planning ) [Ph]
  • * Sharp / Robinson ( Belvedere , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) [Ph]
  • * Sheeks ( Belvedere , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) [Ph]
  • * Sonnenberg Apartments ( Larkspur , CA ; 1962 ; residential-multi ) [Dr]
  • * Stephens, Ellis M. ( Ross , CA ; 1965 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Sun River Lodge ( Deschutes County , OR ; 1968 ; recreational ) Collaborator: ROMA (architect) [Dr, Ph]
  • * Sunset Add-a-Part Cabin ( 1951 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Sunset Village Retirement Housing ( Sunset , CA ; n.d. ; residential-multi ) Collaborator: Watson, W.J. (architect) [Dr]
  • * Tacoma Urban Renewal Project ( Tacoma , WA ; n.d. ; planning ) Photographer: Riek, K.H. [Ph]
  • * Teigland ( Orinda , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) [Ph]
  • * United States Energy Commission : Theoretical and Computational Building ( Livermore , CA ; n.d. ; governmental ) [Dr]
  • * University House ( San Francisco , CA ; 1964-1966 ; educational ) [Dr]
  • * University House, remodel and carport ( San Francisco , CA ; 1969 ; educational ) [Dr]
  • * University of California (UC): Married Housing ( Davis , CA ; ca 1960 ; educational ) Photographer: Baer, M. [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * UC: Married Student Housing ( San Francisco , CA ; ca 1961 ; educational ) Photographer: Baer, M. [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Varian Associates Central Research Facility (Stanford) ( Palo Alto , CA ; n.d. ; commercial ) Photographer: Stoll, J.and Baer, M. [Ph]
  • * Village at Wilsonville - Contract 518 ( Wilsonville , OR ; n.d. ; residential-multi ) [Dr]
  • * What to do About Market Street ( San Francisco , CA ; 1962 ; planning ) Collaborator: Livingston & Blayney (planners), Halprin, L. (landscape architect) [Ms]
  • * Winton ( OR ; n.d. ; residential ) Photographer: Braun, E. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Young, Dallas ( Oakland , CA ; n.d. ; commercial ) [Ph]

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Series Description

 

I. PERSONAL PAPERS, 1935-1991

Physical Description: Box 1, Flat file

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically within series.
Includes personal letters written during his Fulbright-Hays fellowship in Italy, domestic and international travel sketches and slides and Thomas S. Rockrise's thesis project and professional commissions.
 

A. Biographical Information

 

B. Correspondence

 

C. Education

 

D. Travel

 

E. Family Papers

 

II. PROFESSIONAL PAPERS, 1947-1990

Physical Description: Boxes 1-2, 6, Flat file.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically within series.
 

A. Correspondence

 

B. Papers

 

C. Presentations

 

D. Associations and Committees

 

E. Awards / Licenses

 

F. Fellowships / Scholarships

 

III. OFFICE RECORDS, 1949-1972

Physical Description: Box 2, 6, Flat file.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically within series.
 

A. Public Relations

 

B. Presentation Materials

 

C. Design Awards

 

IV. PROJECT RECORDS, 1949-1979

Physical Description: Boxes 3-5, Flat files.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by project/job/client name.
 

A. Files

 

B. Specifications

 

C. Photographs

 

D. Drawings

Container List

 

SERIES I.  PERSONAL PAPERS, 1935-1991

 

A.  Biographical Information

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Biographical Information n.d.

 

B.  Correspondence

Box/Folder 1 : 2; FF 1

Christmas Card Designs n.d.

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Personal Correspondence 1978-1979

 

C.  Student work / travel

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Diplomas and student memberships 1935-1941

 

D.  Travel

Box/Folder 1 : 5; FF 1

Travel sketches ca. 1957-1991

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Travel slides ca. 1964-1968

 

E.  Family Papers

Box/Folder 1 : 7

T.S. Rockrise papers n.d.

 

SERIES II. PROFESSIONAL PAPERS, 1947-1990

 

A.  Correspondence

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Professional correspondence 1982

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Retirement Correspondence 1985

 

B.  Papers

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Seminar and symposium papers 1967-1968

 

C.  Presentations

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Speeches / Book IV 1967-1968

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Speeches 1983

 

D.  Associations and Committees

Box/Folder 1 : 6

ASLA Fellowship Nomination 1989-1990

Box/Folder 6 : 7

Professional Memberships 1954-1987

FF 2

American Institute of Architects 1948

 

E.  Awards / Licenses

Box/Folder 6 : 8

Licenses 1947-1979

Box/Folder 6 : 9

Awards and Certificates 1956-1978

 

F.  Fellowships / Scholarships

Box/Folder 1 : 10

American Academy in Rome Mid-Career Fellowship Application 1977

Box/Folder 2 : 11-13

Fulbright-Hays Scholarship 1978-1979

 

SERIES III.  OFFICE RECORDS, 1949-1972

 

A.  Public Relations

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Rockrise Firm Photographs n.d.

Box/Folder 2 : 2

ROMA Brochures n.d.

 

B.  Presentation Materials

Box/Folder 2 : 3

"Early Houses" n.d.

Box/Folder 2 : 4

"A Portfolio of Country Residences" n.d.

Box/Folder 2 : 5

"Houses" n.d.

Box/Folder 2 : 6

"Institutional and Commercial Projects" n.d.

FF 3

A/P Small House Competition Entry 1952

Box/Folder 2 : 7

Architectural Job Slides n.d.

Box/Folder 2 : 8

Planning Job Slides n.d.

 

C.  Design Awards

Box/Folder 6 : 50

Design Awards 1956-1978

 

SERIES IV.  PROJECT RECORDS, 1949-1979

 

A.  Files

 

** See Project Index

 

B.  Specifications

 

** See Project Index

 

C.  Photographs

 

** See Project Index

 

D.  Drawings

 

** See Project Index