Strybing Library Terrace

Repurposed medieval carved stones find an unlikely home in Golden Gate Park.

The San Francisco Botanical Library at the Strybing Arboretum needed a place for visitors to gather and remnant irregular 12th century Spanish monastery stones abandoned by William Randolph Hearst in the 1930s were available for a dignified new life. The combination proved magical.

The new garden terrace offers a sunny library sanctuary within the extensive Asian Horticultural collection, serves as the meeting spot for garden tours, and is a forum for parties and events. A richly textured low wall composed of remnant medieval columns, flutes, ribbing, and ornaments, creates a garden enclosure with integral seating around a central fountain. Extending the Botanical Library into the Arboretum’s living collections, the terrace garden is a cozy refuge with prospect over the Botanical Garden’s main lawn.


Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA


1,200 sf




San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum


Edwin Hamilton (Stonework Sculptor)
Planet Horticulture (Planting)
Arboretum Staff (Planting)


Concept Design - Construction Administration

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