Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Eckbo, Garrett

ID: 77
Full Name: Garrett N. Eckbo
Occupation: Landscape Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1910-11-28
Death Date: 2000-05-15
Family: Spouse: He married Arline W. Eckbo, (b. 10/06/1912-d. 03/15/2003 in Oakland, CA).
Parents: Garrett Eckbo's father, Axel George Eckbo, (born in Norway, 08/26/1875), worked as a clerk at Inland Steel in Chicago, IL, in 1930; (See Source Citation: Registration Location: Cook County, Illinois; Roll: 1493511; Draft Board: 18. Source Information: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.) Axel became a naturalized US citizen on 01/15/1930.(See Source Citation: Year: 1930; Microfilm serial: T715; Microfilm roll: T715_4872; Line: 1. Source Information: New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.) his mother was Theodora Munn Eckbo (born c. 1879 in NY); his parents divorced after 1912. Once they split, his mother had custody of Garrett, and relocated to Alameda, CA. She married William Bell, who, according the US Census of 1920, was a "buyer and seller of secondhand goods." He was seven years Theodora's junior. (See Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Alameda, Alameda, California; Roll: T625_87; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 11; Image: 314. Source Information: 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.) His mother's household struggled financially, and young Garrett went off for a time to live with a well-off uncle, Eivind Eckbo, in Norway. In 1930, Theodora was living with Wallace G. Hood, a water and filter company serviceman.
Relocation: According to the US Census of 1920, Garrett Eckbo lived at 2054 San Jose Avenue in Alameda, CA; in 1930, Garrett worked as a bank messenger. Eckbo and his wife lived at 64 Panoramic Way, Berkeley, CA, before 1993. Between 1993-1997, Eckbo lived at 1006 Cragmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94708-1412. Between 1998-2002, Garrett and Arline Eckbo lived at 33 Linda Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611-4815.
Biographical Information: Education: Graduated high school in 1929; coursework, Marin Junior College, (renamed the College of Marin in 1947), Kentfield, CA, c. 1932; B.S., Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, CA, 1935; M.L.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1938.
Work History: Landscape Architect, Farm Security Administration, Central Valley, CA, c. 1938; Partner, Eckbo and [Edward] Williams, Landscape Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1940-1945; Partner, Eckbo, [Robert] Royston and Williams, Landscape Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1945-1958; Partner, Eckbo, [Francis] Dean and Williams, 1958-1964; Partner, Eckbo, Dean, [Donald] Austin and Williams, (EDAW), Incorporated, Landscape Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1964-1979; Partner, Garrett Eckbo and Associates, Landscape Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1979-1983; Partner, Eckbo [Kenneth] Kay Associates, San Francisco, CA, 1983-1989;
Teaching: Professor, University of Southern California (USC), School of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, 1948-1956; Professor and Chairman, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Department of Landscape Architecture, 1963-1969.
Miscellaneous: SSN: 032-09-1013; Eckbo was a founding member of the Telesis group of architects, landscape architects and urban planners, along with Francis Violich (1911-2005), Francis Joseph McCarthy (1910-1965) and others.
Countries: United States
Structures: 28th Church of Christ, Scientist, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1955 (17933)
Aluminum Corporation of America, Incorporated, (Alcoa), Forecast Garden, Los Angeles, CA - 1958 (11858)
Case Study House #20, Altadena, CA - (729)
Contempoville, Central Park, and Community Centre, Project - 1938 (1954)
Corbett, Mario House, Wolfback Ridge, Sausalito, CA - 1947 (643)
County of Kern, California City Master Plan, California City, CA - (10783)
Farm Security Administration Housing, Woodville, CA - (100)
Hale, Marshall, House, Hillsborough, CA - 1947 (10865)
Horn, Walter William, House, Point Richmond, Richmond, CA - 1942-1949 (10841)
Ladera Housing Community, Ladera, CA - 1945-1946 (2533)
Long Beach City College, Quadrangle, Long Beach, CA - 1964 (18453)
Mar Vista House, Mar Vista, Los Angeles, CA - (599)
Park Planned Homes Tract, Altadena, CA - 1945-1946 (15816)
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, Memorial, Washington, D.C. - (66)
San Francisco Redevelopment Authority Diamond Heights Housing Project #3, San Francisco, CA - 1962 (5947)
Standard Oil Company of California, Rod and Gun Club, Richmond, CA - (15349)
Stein, Joseph Allen, House, Mill Valley, CA - 1947 (573)
Todd, Shirley, House, Berkeley, CA - 1960 (2843)
Turner and Stevens Funeral Home, Pasadena, CA - 1922 (10113)
United States Government, Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), Signers Memorial, Washington, DC - (11696)
United States Housing Authority, Public Housing Landscape Plan, Project - 1938 (1955)
University of Washington, Seattle, Faculty Club #2, Seattle, WA - 1958-1960 (3652)
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Cooperstown, NY
Architect's Death:
Oakland, CA
Publications: Carter, Brian, Lecuyer, Annette, All American Innovation in American Architecture, 206-207, 2002.
"Paul Kirk of Seattle", Architectural Forum, 117: 105, 08/1962.
"Letters", Architectural Forum, 91: 5, 22, 24, 11/1949.
"S.F.R.A. Selects Teams for Diamond Heights Housing", Architectural Record, 133: 1, 32-4-32-5, 01/1963.
"Playgrounds Have Discovered Design", Architectural Record, 115: 1, 155-156, 01/1954.
"Custom house and view lot for under $10,000", Book of Homes, 18: 33-35, 1961.
Domestic Architecture of the San Francisco Bay Region, np, 1949.
"Newslines: First HEW Program Bestows 7 Top Awards", Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 46: 5, 23, 11/1966.
"The Decision-Making Totem Pole", Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 46: 1, 57-59, 07/1966.
Eckbo, Garrett, "The Landscape of Tourism", Landscape, 18: 2, 31, Spring-Summer 1969.
Landscape Architecture: The Profession in California, 1935-1940, and Telesis,, 1993.
Waymark, Janet, Modern Garden Design Innovation since 1900, 156-160, 2003.
Hauxner, Malene, Open to the Sky, 100, 2003.
Hauxner, Malene, Open to the Sky, 98-99, 2003.
"Courts divide living zones in experimental project", Pacific Architect and Builder, 65: 12, 30-32, 12/1959.
"Faculty Center Building, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.", Progressive Architecture, 42: 114-121, 02/1961.
"Body Identified as San Francisco Man ", San Bernardino County Sun, 3, 1939-12-17.
Eckbo, Garrett, Urban Landscape Design, 42-43, 1964.
Eckbo, Garrett, Urban Landscape Design, 39, 1964.
Eckbo, Garrett, Urban Landscape Design, 33, 1964.
Eckbo, Garrett, Urban Landscape Design, 24, 38, 1964.
Gunn, Clare S., Vacationscape Designing Tourist Regions, 156, 1988.