Photo © Tom Fox
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When the garden first opened to the public, Kaiser regularly scheduled events such as winter ice-skating shows (using portable equipment on the lawn) to draw crowds to the building and increase business for its tenants. In recent years, the garden has hosted free noontime concerts during the summer months and other special events on the weekends. The space is mostly utilized by area workers and residents who are aware of the garden and utilize the downtown oasis. Visiting the garden and patronizing the building’s businesses will assure the space continues to be a vibrant and well-maintained national and regional treasure.
While it is difficult to predict how market forces will affect additional development at Kaiser Center and assuming the Oakland Planning Commission approves the Swig proposal, work has been undertaken to document the rooftop garden through the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). This report will not only serve as a record of the garden’s pioneering design, but it will become an invaluable resource in the preservation of this wonderful amenity. Funds to support HALS documentation, including historic research, measured drawings and photographs, can be donated to the American Society of Landscape Architects Northern California Chapter, 5 Third Street, Suite 724, San Francisco, CA 94103-3200.