Landslide2008: Marvels of Modernism


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The EBMUD has the opportunity to honor its legacy by recognizing the significance of its support of high-quality design which led to the realization of this project by pioneering landscape architect, Robert Royston. The collaboration between EBMUD’s engineers and the landscape architecture firm, Royston Hanamoto Mayes and Beck and the resulting open-cut reservoir and fountains successfully addressed both logistical and aesthetic concerns. As EBMUD revisits the site, Estates Drive Reservoir can become a dynamic stewardship story, representative of EBMUD’s desire to meet the challenge of protecting this large-scale sculpture while providing for the needs of the community.

The public can help bring attention to this historic resource in hopes of educating EBMUD about the significance of both the design and designer. It is hoped that a suitable compromise may be found that will allow EBMUD to meet its functional objectives without having to sacrifice Royston’s landscape design which was, in fact, created to address similar water safety issues over 40 years ago.

Letters of support regarding the Estates Drive Reservoir
should be directed to:

East Bay Municipal Utility District
Oakland Administration Center and Business Office
P.O. Box 24055, Oakland, CA 94623
EBMUD Directors

Please copy all correspondence to Lesa R. McIntosh, EBMUD President,
at [email protected] or at the address above.

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Estates Drive Reservoir
Photos courtesy Valerie Garry

List of Marvels

Boston City Hall Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts

Estates Drive Reservoir
Oakland, California

Heritage Plaza
Heritage Park
Fort Worth, Texas

Kaiser Roof Garden
Kaiser Center
Oakland, California

Lake Elizabeth
Allegheny Commons
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Manhattan Square Park
Rochester, New York

Mill Creek Canyon

Kent, Washington

Miller Garden
Columbus, Indiana

El Monte
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

Pacific Science
Center Courtyard

Seattle, Washington

San Francisco, California

Peavey Plaza
Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota

education partners
Garden DesignGeorge Eastman House
Additional Sponsors

American Society of Landscape Architects’ Indiana, Pennsylvania/Delaware, Minnesota, Northern California, Texas, Upstate New York, and Washington Chapters • Astorino • Charles Butt • Design Within Reach • Topher Delaney • Sandy Donnell & Justin Faggioli • Fathom • Tom Fox • Hillman Foundation • Indianapolis Museum of Art • Lorraine Osmundson • Richard T. Murphy • National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Northeast, Southwest, and Western Offices- with funds from the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation of New York, Dodge Jones Foundation Intervention Fund, and Eastern Massachusetts Preservation Fund • James Richards • Seibert & Rice • Diana & Bruce Shuman • Ann Stack • SWA Group • TBG Partners • Michal and Jeffrey William Tincup • Unilock Inc. • The Woltz Charitable Trust