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Gold Ridge Farm, 7777 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol, Sonoma County, CA



B&W Photos

HB127827
Entrance From Bodega Road

HB127828
Rows Of Experiment Plants

HB127829
Rows Of Experiments

HB127830
First Cottage

HB127831
Rows Of Experiment Plants

HB127832
Looking Toward Bodega Road From Property

HB127833
Trees Planted In Beds For Experiment Purposes.

HB127834
Second Cottage

HB127835
Second Cottage Covered With Parthenocissus Tricuspidata

HB127836
Agricultural Fair Showing Stark Bros

HB127837
Entrance From Bodega Road.

HB127838
Looking South Onto Property From Bodega Avenue Showing Housing Development

HB127839
East Elevation, Cottage

HB127840
Southeast Corner, Cottage

HB127841
South Elevation, Cottage.

HB127842
Northwest Corner

HB127843
Looking Northeast

HB127844
Royal Walnut

HB127845
Rows Of Sorbus (mountain Ash) From Experiments Planted In Beds By Burbank

HB127846
Rows Of Persimmon (also Called Diospyros Kaki, Oriental Or Japanese Persimmon)

HB127847
Re-introduced Burbank Cultivars Which Were No Longer Growing On The 'farm.' In Foreground

HB127848
A Section Of The Housing Development Which Contains Burbank Originals - Quinces - Along Road

HB127849


Data Pages


Photo Caption Pages


Item Title


Location
7777 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2254
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-149).
Building/structure dates: 1885 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1904 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1906 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1927 subsequent work
See also HABS CA-2201 for related information.

Significance: On this site, from 1886 until his death in 1926, Burbank had the space, soil and climate to experiment with large plantings of fruit trees and vegetables, grapes, ornamental shrubs, bulbs, perennials and annuals. The property was comprised of ten acres at the time of purchase in 1885. Five acres were added in 1904, and 3.046 acres in 1906. In 1923 the 3.046 acres were sold. This survey documents all 18.046 acres. Of them, only three acres are north, west and south of the cottage. The surviving plants include trees, berries and ornamentals. And, some additions of original Burbank plants which were lost to the property have been made. That the cottage survives is also important to the historic value of the property.

Subjects
Agriculture
Farms
Experimental Gardens


Related Names
Burbank, Luther
Stark Brothers Nurseries & Orchards Company
Sebastopol Area Housing Corporation
Bonham, Chalmer A.
Bonham, Clara S.
Burbank, Elizabeth Waters
DeBello, Michele, Field Team
Silverek, Don, Photographer
Felciano, Renee, Historian
Welborn, Robert, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. ENTRANCE FROM BODEGA ROAD. (ROOF OF FIRST COTTAGE SHOWS. LOOKING SOUTH).
2. ROWS OF EXPERIMENT PLANTS. FIRST COTTAGE. LOOKING SOUTH.
3. ROWS OF EXPERIMENTS. FIRST COTTAGE. BARN. LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
4. FIRST COTTAGE. BIRCH TREE REMOVED 1986. LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
5. ROWS OF EXPERIMENT PLANTS. CRINUM LILIES IN FOREGROUND. ROOF OF FIRST COTTAGE SHOWS. LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
6. LOOKING TOWARD BODEGA ROAD FROM PROPERTY. ELECTRIC LINES PLACE ROAD. LOOKING NORTH.
7. TREES PLANTED IN BEDS FOR EXPERIMENT PURPOSES.
8. SECOND COTTAGE. BARN. NOTE PARTHENOCISSUS TRICUSPIDATA (BOSTON IVY) NEWLY PLANTED AROUND BUILDING. LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
9. SECOND COTTAGE COVERED WITH PARTHENOCISSUS TRICUSPIDATA. LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
10. AGRICULTURAL FAIR SHOWING STARK BROS. DISPLAY OF BURBANK PRODUCTS.
11. ENTRANCE FROM BODEGA ROAD.
12. LOOKING SOUTH ONTO PROPERTY FROM BODEGA AVENUE SHOWING HOUSING DEVELOPMENT. 'BURBANK FARM' ON RIGHT. TALL TREE TO RIGHT OF STREET LIGHT IS EUCALYPTUS ON WEST OF COTTAGE WHICH IS PLANNED FOR REMOVAL. 13. 'BURBANK FARM' SHOWING BANK CUT CREATED WHEN BODEGA AVENUE ROADBED WAS LOWERED. WPA STONE RETAINING WALL AT BASE OF CUT. LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
14. EAST ELEVATION, COTTAGE. EXTERIOR NEARLY RESTORED. INTERIOR UNDERGOING RESTORATION. EUCALYPTUS TREE PLANTED BY GERTRUDE KEIL PLANNED FOR REMOVAL.
15. SOUTHEAST CORNER, COTTAGE. WHEN INTERIOR RESTORATION IS COMPLETED, ORIGINAL DOOR ON EAST WALL WILL BE REPLACED.
16. SOUTH ELEVATION, COTTAGE.
17. NORTHWEST CORNER. PORCH FACES BODEGA AVENUE. HOUSING UNITS BEYOND.
18. LOOKING NORTHEAST. COTTAGE TO LEFT, HOUSING UNITS TO RIGHT. BODEGA AVENUE IN FRONT OF BUILDINGS. MOUNT ST. HELENA BEYOND.
19. ROYAL WALNUT. STORAGE SHED PART OF HOUSING DEVELOPMENT. WEST PROPERTY LINE ADJACENT TO TREE AND RUNS ALONG SIDE OF SHED. LOOKING NORTH AND SLIGHTLY EAST FROM ADJOINING PROPERTY.
20. ROWS OF SORBUS (MOUNTAIN ASH) FROM EXPERIMENTS PLANTED IN BEDS BY BURBANK. HE TRIED TO DEVELOP AN EDIBLE NUT. LOOKING NORTH.
21. ROWS OF PERSIMMON (ALSO CALLED DIOSPYROS KAKI, ORIENTAL OR JAPANESE PERSIMMON). LOOKING SOUTH.
22. RE-INTRODUCED BURBANK CULTIVARS WHICH WERE NO LONGER GROWING ON THE 'FARM.' IN FOREGROUND. LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
23. A SECTION OF THE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT WHICH CONTAINS BURBANK ORIGINALS - QUINCES - ALONG ROAD. THE EUCALYPTUS TO THE RIGHT IS JUST OUTSIDE THE SOUTHEAST CORNER PROPERTY LINE AND WAS INDICATED ON THE 1912 BURBANK PLAN. LOOKING SOUTHEAST.


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