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Douglas and Maggie Baylis Collection, 1938-1998(bulk 1943-1971)
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Contains landscape architecture drawings, photographs, clippings, correspondence, and writings documenting Baylis landscape design projects and publishing endeavors. Professional Papers contain correspondence, writings, graphics intended for publication, and material for the production of the book California Houses of Gordon Drake (Douglas Baylis and Joan Parry. NY: Reinhold Publishing Corporation, 1956). Office Records contains financial and other administrative records as well as photographs of completed projects. Project Records contain project files, drawings, and photographs. Projects types include commercial, recreational, religious, planning, governmental, educational, cultural, and funerary. Residential projects include Eichler's Highlands No. 3, Ping Yuen Housing Project, and many smaller-scale residential gardens. Other projects include Pacific Area Headquarters of the American National Red Cross, landscape plans for Bay Area Rapid Transit, Candlestick Park, IBM Headquarters, and San Francisco's controversial Portsmouth Square. The final series, Construction Details and Landscape Structures, contains sketches, measured drawings, and notes for countless landscape details including vegetation structures, landscape structures, ground plane treatments, garden furniture, and garden buildings.
Douglas Baylis was born in 1915 in East Orange, New Jersey. In 1941, he graduated with a Landscape Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Early influences in Berkeley included teacher Leland ("Punk") Vaughn and mentor Thomas Church. Following graduation, Baylis worked in the Church office for about four years and then started his own firm. He is often credited (with Church, Eckbo, and Royston) as one of the founders of the "California School" of modernism in Landscape Architecture.
4 boxes and 5 flat file drawers
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Collection is open for research.