“[Thomas Church’s] designs established taut connections between both architecture and landscape, while remaining a reflection of the quintessential modern garden in northern California.”
- Dorothée Imbert, Thomas Church, Landscape Architect: Designing a Modern California Landscape (2003)
Parkmerced was designed as “a city within a city” by architect Leonard Schultze and Associates with planning and landscape architecture by Thomas Church with Robert Royston.
Today, it is one of this country’s four remaining examples of large-scale, post-World War II residential developments. Unfortunately, there are numerous threats to the design, including plans by the current owners to subdivide portions of the site and make changes to the property’s pioneering landscape design.