I will be presenting Bay Area Beauty: The Artistry of Harold G. Stoner, Architect for the San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Reading Program: Books by the Bay. I hope you can join me at one of these July events:
Sat., July 6 at 2:00 PM – Golden Gate Valley (1801 Green St.)
Sat., July 20 at 2:00 PM – Vistacion Valley (201 Leland Ave.)
Weds., July 24 at 6:30 PM – Glen Park (2825 Diamond St.)
Harold Gordon Stoner is among only a handful of architects who determined the unique look and character of San Francisco’s West of Twin Peaks. Development that began with the sale of the Adolph Sutro Estate, in 1910, created neighborhoods that are atypical of older San Francisco. Concern that residents would abandon the city after the 1906 earthquake for the suburbs gave impetus to the creation of park-like neighborhoods of artistically designed houses with sideyards, set back on curvilinear streets. Stoner played a key role in establishing this “City Beautiful” aesthetic in San Francisco: Bay Area Beauty.