Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Donnell, Dewey and Jean, House and Garden, Sonoma, CA

ID: 65
Alt. Name: Donnell Recreation Area, Sonoma, CA
Construction Date: Start Date: 1947
End Date: 1948
Notes: A late plan for the Donnell Garden was dated 09/05/1947. Lawrence Halprin wrote of the Donnell Garden in 1950: "I would like to point out that these slides all represent gardens done in this office except the Donnell garden which I designed while an associate in the office of Thomas D. Church and Associates. Credit for the Donnell Garden should therefore be given to Mr. Church's office. The sculpture in the Donnell swimming pool was done by Miss Adeline Kent of San Francisco." (See letter from Lawrence Halprin to Arthur P. Herrman, Director of the School of Architecture, University of Washington, 11/27/1950. Letter housed in the Visual Resources Collection, College of Built Environments, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.)
Building History: Thomas Church designed the Donnell Garden before a residence was built on this section of the owner's property. Lawrence Halprin was responsible for the design of the pool. George Rockrise designed the lanai and dressing rooms surrounding the kidney-shaped pool. Sculptor Adaline Kent produced the biomorphic form rising from the middle of the pool.
Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses
Locations: Structure:
Sonoma, CA