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Ralph Cornell: What’s Out There Weekend Los Angeles

Articles: Ralph Cornell: What’s Out There Weekend Los Angeles

Weekend participants gather to explore landscape design in their community. Photo: Robbie Anderson, courtesy of The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Landscape architect Ralph Cornell’s diverse built legacy in Los Angeles will be the focus of What’s Out There Weekend Los Angeles, November 8-9, 2014. Organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), in partnership with the California Garden and Landscape History Society, the Weekend features free, expert-led tours of more than a dozen significant Cornell projects—this is the first time a Weekend has been devoted to a single practitioner’s work.

Cornell (1890-1972) graduated from Pomona College in 1914 and earned his Master of Landscape Architecture degree three years later from the Harvard School of Design. In 1919 he opened one of the first landscape architecture practices in Los Angeles and would spend his career promoting the preservation of California’s native landscape exhibited through indigenous planting and design restraint. Cornell’s early work included the “campus in a garden” at Pomona College, the 23-block linear park Beverly Gardens, and the ...

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