David & Eliza Glass House Museum

On the National Register of Historic Places, David and Eliza Glass’s 19th-century Italianate farm house was moved from its original Lora Nita Farm site to a creekside location in San Ramon’s historic Forest Home Farms Park where it has been turned into a museum and public garden.

Closely recreating its original siting from historic photos and lithographs, the new museum situates the historic home in a formal garden within an orchard setting that invokes the agricultural heritage of the San Ramon Valley. Featuring columnar cypress trees as visual frames, the plant palette represents historically accurate horticultural collections, as available in 19th century nursery catalogues. Native understory is restored to the nearby creek, accentuating a wild complement to the genteel house-museum.

Location

San Ramon, CA

Size

'+2 acres

Completed

2007

Client

City of San Ramon

Team

Denise Bradley (Historic & Cultural Resources)

Scope

Concept Design - Construction Administration

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