This estate is located on the prow of Belvedere - a picturesque peninsula jj:: - : into the San Francisco Bay, north of the Golden Gate. The site boasts specta:, =: panorannic views including both the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, as -as downtown San Francisco and Angel Island. Sandy Walker of Walker & N'::: f Architects completely restored this historic landmark, an 1895 Classical Re-Residence.
Jean Schaffeld of SCDA developed the grounds into a stepped series of p]eai. -gardens to complement the house and provide the owners with many dif*V~-' outdoor experiences. An extensive wall and stair system of antique O limestone walls salvaged from villages drowned by the new Yang-tse support several levels of terracing on this steep site. Stairs are made frorr s: i slabs of granite salvaged from old roads-also drowned by the dam.
The gardens include a lawn amphitheater garden with a bronze fountain a s: 1 made from Moroccan fossil stone, a swimming pool garden with stone-tilec : : > rose and wisteria-covered pergola made from monolithic Chinese sancs::^ columns and teak rafters and a rose roof garden over underground cha^ : 'z rooms.
A Japanese style zipper path made from antique Chinese granite pavers s~z * steep staircase of basalt blocks link the more formal elements of the garce *: r wilder shade garden of oaks, Maples and rhododendrons.
Historical garden features, such as a Julia Morgan bronze gate and light s:a Zt -have also been restored and used for inspiration for new gates, railings arc irli fixtures.
Site plan. * Aerial view.
. Ancient Stone and Bronze Work.
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