John Muir Gravesite

On the bank of Alhambra Creek, the gravesite of environmental icon John Muir and his family sits in an historic pear orchard planted by his father in-law amid a lush surrounds of mixed evergreen forest. Having tended to the orchard himself before his 1914 funeral was held under its spreading branches, John Muir described a now massive Eucalyptus tree at the western edge as a guardian angel watching over the graves.

Conservation of the orchard’s legacy, preservation of the heritage tree surrounds, and maintaining access to the gravesite is the ongoing work of the National Park Service as a part of the John Muir National Historic Site. Located within a now-residential neighborhood, entry to the gravesite is by appointment.  JNRA designed a new entry gate and fence, accessible parking, an accessible pathway and small gathering area, and interpretive signage for the gravesite.

Location

Martinez, CA

Completed

2021

Client

National Park Service

Team

Siegel & Strain Architects (Prime)

Scope

Schematic Design, Construction Documents and Construction Administration

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