Forestiere Underground GardensBaldassare Forestiere (1879 - 1946)

Status

Extant

Address

5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA, 93722, United States

Built

1904 to 1946

Visiting Information

The Forestiere Underground Gardens are located two blocks east of Highway 99 at the Shaw Avenue Exit. Check the website for hours and tour information.

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

Materials

stone

SPACES Archives Holdings

3 folders: clippings, correspondence, images, pamphlets, national historic places nomination forms

Related Documents

Map & Site Information

5021 W Shaw Ave
Fresno, CA, 93722 us
Latitude/Longitude: 36.8075879 / -119.8818141

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