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Baldasare Forestiere, Underground Gardens

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Visiting Information

The Forestiere Underground Gardens are located 2 blocks east of Highway 99 at the Shaw Avenue Exit. 

About the Artist/Site

A Sicilian immigrant, Baldasare carved out a 10-acre Underground Gardens in Fresno with pick and wheelbarrow, a living space which included conical-shaped rooms, courts, winding passageways, and even patios boasting fruit-bearing trees. Benefiting from the stable underground temperatures, he worked on the three-level subterranean site for over forty years. The site is currently maintained by the family although threatened on all sides by urbanization. California Historical Landmark #916, National Register of Historic Places.

~ Jo Farb Hernández

SPACES Archive Holdings

3 folders: clippings, correspondence, images, pamphlets, nat’l historic places nomination forms

Related Documents

Timeline for Underground Gardens

Letter to Lorraine Forestiere from SPACES/Cynthia Pansing, 12/17/1987

Letter to Lorraine Forestiere from SPACES/Cynthia Pansing, 12/17/1987

Letter to Fresno City Hall, 10/30/1987

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Rene di Rosa, 8/8/1983

Timeline of Baldasare Forestiere’s life, 12/18/1987

Diagram of Underground Gardens. 1975

pamphlet for Dedication of the Forestiere Underground Gardens, 10/12/1979

Status Report, 8/1980

Letter to Lawrence D. Harris from Bill Pfeif, Underground Gardens Conservancy, 6/7/1994

Business card for Aaron Gallup, CA Dept of Parks and Rec

Info about termination of Underground Gardens lease, 1986

Letter to James Stockton & Associates from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 9/30/1986

Letter to John Grey, Preserve Bottle Village Committee, 2/8/1983

note from Lindsay Kefauver, 7/18/1985

postcard to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Lindsay Kefauver, 7/15/1985

picture return record, 8/28/1985

Letter from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 7/22/1985

Letter to Rene di Rosa from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 1/4/1983

invitation to dedication of Underground Gardens, 10/12/1979

Letter to Bill Sugaya, National Trust for Historic Preservation from Rick Forestiere, 8/30/1979

Letter to Rick Forestiere from Philip C. Fullerton, Fullerton, Lang, Richert, & Patch, 8/15/1979

Letter to Carolyn La Ron from Lorraine Ruth Forestiere, 7/7/1979

Letter to Ricardo Forestiere from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 7/18/1979

Letter to Ricardo Forestiere from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 10/23/1979

Letter to Edith Wyle, Craft and Folk Art Museum from Leo Gould, 5/17/1978

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Rick Forestiere, 5/15/1977

Letter to Lorraine Forestiere from Galen Cranz, UC Berkeley, 3/18/1977

Letter to Aaron Gallup, CA State Historic Preservation Office from Rick Forestiere, 5/5/1977

Letter to Rick Forestiere from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 2/15/1977

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Rick and Lorraine Forestiere, 1/20/1977

Letter to Underground Gardens from Ludwig Glaeser, MoMA, 6/21/1976

postcard to SAPCES/Seymour Rosen from Rick Forestiere, 4/29/1976

Letter to Rick Forestiere from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 3/24/1976

card from Rick Forestiere

note to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Lorraine Forestiere

Letter from Lorraine Forestiere

note from Lorraine Forestiere

note about Ludwig Glaesar

possible contacts for Underground Gardens

Letter to Rick Forestiere from Philip C. Fullerton, Fullerton, Lang, Richert, & Patch, 5/13/1981

Application for Registration of Historical Lnadmark, 10/12/1977

Letter to Bill Watkins, District Representative from RR Forestiere, 6/4/1979

Letter to Bill Sugaya, National Trust for Historic Preservation and Aaron Gallup, State Office of Historic Preservation from RR Forestiere, 6/5/1979

National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form, 3/28/1977

Application for Registration of Historical Lnadmark-Architectural Supplement, 10/6/1977

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen

Outline Program Analysis, 1/1980

preservation recommendation for Underground Gardens

 

Map and site information

5021 W Shaw Ave
Fresno, California, United States
Latitude/Longitude: 36.808047 / -119.881843

Visiting Information

The Forestiere Underground Gardens are located 2 blocks east of Highway 99 at the Shaw Avenue Exit. 

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