Eldon Beck Collection 2017-11

Katie Riddle
University of California, Berkeley. College of Environmental Design. Environmental Design Archives
February 2019
230 Wurster Hall #1820
Berkeley, CA 94720-1820
designarchives@berkeley.edu


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: University of California, Berkeley. College of Environmental Design. Environmental Design Archives
Title: Eldon Beck Collection
creator: Beck, Eldon
creator: Royston, Hanamoto, Mayes & Beck
Identifier/Call Number: 2017-11
Physical Description: 10.87 Linear feet 1 carton, 1 over-sized document box, 27 tubes
Date (inclusive): 1968-2014
Date (bulk): 1990-2006

Access Statement

Collection is open for research. Many of the Environmental Design Archives collections are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use.

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], Eldon Beck Collection, Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

Funding

Arrangement and description of this collection was funded partly by The Landscape Department at UC Berkeley.

Biographical Note

Eldon Beck was born July 7, 1931. Beck graduated from the University of California, Berkeley's Department of Landscape Architecture in 1953. Eldon began his professional career with Eckbo, Royston, and Williams in 1956 and was offered the position of Associate with the new firm of Royston, Hanamoto, and Mayes in 1958 when the Eckbo firm took a new direction. In 1960, he became a partner in the firm eventually known as Royston, Hanamoto, Beck, and Abey (RHBA).
In September 1978, Beck was offered an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley so he took a one year leave of absence from RHBA. Although he had no intention of pursuing professional work, while teaching that same year, Beck was asked to prepare the masterplan for a new village at Whistler, British Columbia. According to Beck, "The appeal was irresistible. This was to be the first new mountain resort village in North America, pedestrian spaces were to be dominate, free of automobiles, and the village leadership was enthusiastic. This was the beginning of a thirty-five year working relationship with Whistler."
In September 1979, Eldon left RHBA and established the firm of Eldon Beck, Landscape Architects with three employees, Steve Perkins, Renee Bradshaw, and Hope Rehlander, all graduates of the UC Berkeley Landscape Program. In 1985 additional major projects were offered and the corporation of Eldon Beck Associates was formed. Eldon continued to teach at Berkeley until 1987.
With many projects throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand, and France, the office grew in size. All projects from 1998 to 2013 were with Canadian clients, and collaborative working arrangements were established with Architects and Landscape Architects in Vancouver, Montreal, France, and Australia. Village master planning was the dominate work in Eldon's practice during this time. After completing the initial plans, Beck often provided services as a design advisor through approval and construction stages.
Eldon also served on design review boards, including the BCDC (A Bay Conservation Development Commission) (1983-1989 Chairman 1986-1989), The Sea Ranch Design Review Board (1986-1996), and the University of Colorado Design Review Board (1994-2006). Beck was an active ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Board Member (1979-1983), elected as Fellow, and served in the National CLARB committee (Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, 1982-1987, Chairman 1984-1986) responsible for preparing the national examination.

System of Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series: Professional Papers, Office Records, and Project Records.

Scope and Contents

The Eldon Beck Collection spans the years 1968-2014 (bulk 1990-2006), and includes files created by Beck while working for RHBA and for his own practice. The collection is organized into three series: Professional Papers, Office Records, and Project Records. The collection documents his career including his work at RHBA, his own landscape architectural practice, and teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. His career focused on designing landscapes for commercial and recreational spaces, of which many are well documented in this collection.
The Professional Papers series contains correspondence, presentation materials, records relating to involvement with associations and committees, awards, research, and reference files. The most significant materials in the Office Records series include brochures, photographs, and news clippings that extensively document completed projects. Project Records containing drawings, photographs, and files comprise the majority of the collection and span the entirety of Beck's career. Well documented projects include the Olympic Athletes Village in Whistler (2006-2010), Whistler Village and Town Center (1978-2010), Mont Tremblant Village (1991-2000), Snowmass Village (2001-2004), and Remarkables Park (1996-2005).

Related Collections

For related materials to the items in this collection, please see the following finding aids:

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Landscape architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California.
Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture Firms

 

SERIES I. PROFESSIONAL PAPERS 1977-2014

Scope and Contents

Professional papers are arranged chronologically. Contains a book chapter about Beck’s work with ski resorts, awards and certificates, general correspondence as well as letters of reference for tenure at UC Berkeley, CV and list of professional experience, lecture notes and research slides, and photographs from The Sea Ranch Design Review Board.
 

A. Awards

 

American Ski Resort Book Chapter 2013

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|1
 

Awards 1980-2004

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|2
 

B. Correspondence

 

Letters with Clients 1980-2003

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|3
 

Letters of reference regarding tenure at UC Berkeley 1977-1981

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|4
 

C. Personal Experience and Resumes

 

Curriculum Vitae 1977-1981

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|5
 

Booklet of Projects Worked on 1977 1977

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|5
 

D. GGNR Notes

 

Golden Gate National Recreation Area project Notes n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|6
 

E. Lecture Notes

 

Notes from Speeches given at Professional Conferences 1977-1982

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|7
 

F. Research Materials

 

Negatives for Project Based Presentations 1983, n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|8
 

G. Associations

 

The Sea Ranch Design Review Board Photographs n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|9
 

SERIES II. OFFICE RECORDS 1972-2008

Scope and Contents

Office Records are arranged alphabetically by folder title and chronologically within each subseries. Consists of brochures, photographs, and news clippings that extensively document large projects.
 

A. Brochures

 

Eldon Beck and Associates Brochure Booklets 1990-1995

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|10
 

B. Clippings

 

Newspaper and Magazine Clippings for Various Projects 1977-2008, n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|11
 

Newspaper Clippings for Mont Tremblant Project 1979-2010

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|12
 

Newspaper Clippings for Whistler Projects 1995-2008

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|13
 

C. Concept Report

 

Concept Report for Mont Tremblant Project 2000

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|14
 

D. Photographs

 

Portrait of Eldon Beck n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|15
 

RHBA Office Photographs n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|18
 

E. Presentation Materials

 

Presentation materials Outling Projects for Prospective Clients 1992-1993

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|16
 

Presentation Materials for Mont Tremblant 1992-1993

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|17
 

F. Slides

 

Slides for RHBA Projects: DeAnza College, Redrock Canyon, Lahontan Reservoir, Reichold Cultural Center, Las Positas Park, and Parkland College 1972-1973, n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|19
 

SERIES III. PROJECT RECORDS 1968-2014

Scope and Contents

The following is a list of architectural projects from the Eldon Beck Collection. For more complete information about collection contents for each project download the complete Project Index in an Excel spreadsheet format by going to Eldon Beck i-page . For instructions on interpreting the Project Index, see The Guide to the Project Index.  
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.
Contains drawings, photographs, slides, and files that comprise the majority of the collection and span the entirety of Beck's career. Well documented projects include the Olympic Athletes Village in Whistler (2006-2010), Whistler Village and Town Center (1978-2010), Mont Tremblant Village (1991-2000), Snowmass Village (2001-2004), and Remarkables Park (1996-2005).
 

Alioto Park (San Francisco, California)

creator: San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (organization), Pacha Mama (Organization)
 

Drawings 1993

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|20
 

Baytowne Wharf (Destin, Florida) 1998-2004

 

Manuscripts 1998-2004

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|21
 

Drawings 1998-2004

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|21, T|1
 

Slides 1998-2004

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|21
 

Beriland, Alan and Mrs. (Kentfield, California) 1976

creator: Royston, Hanamoto, Abey (Landscape Architects)
 

Drawings 1976

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|2
 

College of the Virgin Islands [see Reichhold Cultural Center]

 

Copper Mountain Ski Resort (Summit County, California) 1995-1998

creator: Perkins Associates (landscape architects)
 

Drawings 1995-1998

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|3
 

DeAnza College (Cuppertino, California) 1967

creator: Kump, Masten and Hurd (Architects)
 

Drawings 1967

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|2
 

Domain Chandon Winery (Yountville, California) 1989-1991

 

Drawings 1989-1991

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|22
 

Domain Golfique De Gardegan (Montagne-St-Emilion, Bourdeux, France) 2004-2005

 

Drawings 2004-2005

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|4
 

Elizabeth Town Centre (Elizabeth, South Australia, Australia) 2002

 

Drawings 2002

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|23
 

Fenwick, Robert and Mrs. (Los Alto Hills, California) 1985-1988

 

Manuscripts 1985-1988

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|24
 

Drawings 1985-1988

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|25
 

Geelong Foreshore (Geelong, Victoria, Australia) 1982-2000

 

Manuscripts 1982-2000

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|26
 

Drawings 1982-2000

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|26, - T|5
 

Photographs 1982-2000

Physical Description: 1 Box- 2|55
 

Harbor Bay Business Park (Alameda, California) 1978-2004

 

Manuscripts 1978-2004

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|27
 

Drawings 1978-2004

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|27
 

Holbrook Palmer Park (Atherton, California) n.d.

 

Drawings n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|2
 

Horseshoe Valley Ski Resort (Barrie, Ontario, Canada) 1984

 

Drawings 1984

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|6
 

Jupiters Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1998-1999

 

Drawings 1998-1999

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|28
 

Lafayette Town Center (Lafayette, California) 1990

 

Drawings 1990

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|29
 

Las Positas Park (Santa Barbara, California) n.d.

 

Drawings n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|30
 

Les Arcs Ski Resort, Village1950 (Bourg St. Maurice, Savoie, France) 1999-2007

 

Manuscripts 1999-2007

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|31
 

Drawings 1999-2007

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|7
 

Photographs 1999-2007

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|31
 

Slides 1999-2007

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|31
 

Memorex Corporation (Santa Clara, California) 1969-1970

creator: Royston, Hanamoto, Abey (Landscape Architects)
 

Drawings 1969-1970

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|8
 

Photographs 1969-1970

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|32
 

Millikin University (Cecatur, Illinois) 1997-2001

 

Drawings 1997-2001

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|33
 

Monte Lago Village at Lake Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1996-2000

 

Drawings 1996-2000

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|9
 

Nevada State Park [See Redrock Canyon]

 

Prudential Office-Research Center (Sunnyvale, California) n.d.

 

Drawings n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|2
 

Queen Street Mall and Meyer Store Galleria (Brisbane, Australia) 1999-2000

 

Drawings 1999-2000

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|34
 

Slides 1999-2000

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|34
 

Redrock Canyon (Las Vegas, Nevada) n.d.

 

Manuscripts n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- 2|56
 

Drawings n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|2
 

Reichhold Cultural Center (St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands) 1973

creator: Royston, Hanamoto, Abey (Landscape Architects), Ernest J. Kump & Associates (Architects)
Physical Description: 1 Box
 

Drawings 1973

Physical Description: Box- 1|35 , - 2|54, - T|18
 

Remarkables Park (Queenstown, New Zealand) 1996-2005

 

Manuscripts 1996-2005

Physical Description: 2 Box- 1|36, - 2|57
 

Drawings 1996-2005

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|11
 

Photographs 1996-2005

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|36
 

River Run Village (Keystone, Colorado) 1991-1997

 

Drawings 1991-1997

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|12
 

RHBA Projects (Various Locations) 1961-1976, n.d.

 

Manuscripts 1961-1976, n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|37
 

Drawings 1961-1976, n.d.

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|2
 

Rodeno, Gregory and Mrs. (Napa, California) 1984-1985

 

Drawings 1984-1985

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|13
 

Sandestin Resort [see Baytowne Wharf]

 

Santa Clara University-Camino Real Reroute (Santa Clara, California) 1991-1996

 

Manuscripts 1991-1996

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|38
 

Slides 1991-1996

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|38
 

Scott, Michael (Los Alto Hills, California) 1991-1994

 

Manuscripts 1991-1994

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|39
 

Drawings 1991-1994

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|39
 

Semiahmoo Village Plan (Blaine, Washington) 1991-1993

 

Drawings 1991-1993

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|6
 

Snowmass Village (Snowmass, Colorado) 2001-2004

 

Manuscripts 2001-2004

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|40-41
 

Drawings 2001-2004

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|13
 

Photographs 2001-2004

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|40-41
 

Stags Leap Wine Cellars (Napa, California) 1985-1996

 

Slides 1985-1996

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|42
 

Stetson University (Deland, Florida) 1987-1989

 

Manuscripts 1987-1989

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|43
 

Drawings 1987-1989

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|44
 

Stevens Creek Park (Cuppertino, California) 1973

 

Drawings 1973

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|2
 

Tremblant Village (Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada) 1991-2000

 

Manuscripts 1991-2000

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|45
 

Drawings 1991-2000

Physical Description: 1 BoxT|14-17
 

Photographs 1991-2000

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|46
 

Slides 1991-2000

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|46
 

Tremblant South Bowl (Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada) 1996-2003

 

Drawings 1996-2003

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|18 (D)
 

UC Berkeley Botanical Garden (Berkeley, California) 1979

 

Drawings 1979

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|6
 

UC Berkeley Lawrence Laboratory Landscape Map (Berkeley, California) 1992-1998

 

Drawings 1992-1998

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|19
 

University of British Columbia [Housing and Commercial Centre] Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 1998-1999

 

Drawings 1998-1999

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|20
 

Vail (Vail, Colorado) 1972

creator: Livingston & Blatney (Developers)
 

Manuscripts 1972

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|47
 

Village at Squaw Valley (Squaw Valley, California) 1996-2000

 

Drawings 1996-2000

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|22, - 2|59
 

Whistler Athletes and Legacy Neighborhood (Whistler, British Columbia, Canada) 2006-2010

 

Manuscripts 2006-2010

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|48
 

Drawings 2006-2010

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|23
 

Whistler Northlands (Whistler, British Columbia, Canada) 1988-2004

 

Manuscripts 1988-2004

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|49
 

Drawings 1988-2004

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|24-25
 

Photographs 1988-2004

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|50
 

Whistler Olympic Plaza (Whistler, British Columbia, Canada) 2005-2009

 

Drawings 2005-2009

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|26
 

Whistler Town Center (Whistler, British Columbia, Canada) 1978-1997

 

Manuscripts 1978-1997

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|51
 

Drawings 1978-1997

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|51
 

Photographs 1978-1997

Physical Description: 1 Box- T|27
 

Whistler Village (Whistler, British Columbia, Canada) 1986-2003

 

Drawings 1986-2003

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|52
 

Photographs 1986-2003

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|52
 

Slides 1986-2003

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|52
 

Winiarski, Waren and Mrs. (Napa, California) 1984-1992

 

Manuscripts 1984-1992

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|53
 

slides 1984-1992

Physical Description: 1 Box- 1|53