Sydney G. Walton Square


Date:
1960
Architect:
Sasaki, Walker
Neighborhood:
San Francisco
Building Type:
Landscape
Address:
Sydney Walton Park, San Francisco
Current Name:
Sydney Walton Park
Current Use:
Park - public
Current Condition:
Good
Status:
Altered
The two-acre site for Sydney G. Walton Square was designed by Peter Walker of Sasaki, Walker and Associates as part of the Golden Gateway Center, a 20-acre urban renewal site in downtown San Francisco. In addition to office buildings, the center houses apartments and condominiums, as well as landscaped areas.  The square serves as the neighborhood’s central green space. Walker designed the park to suggest an alpine meadow surrounded by mountains, with the park itself representing a meadow while the “mountains” are the skyscrapers behind. Open stairways connect to elevated townhouses and courtyards, and a series of grass mounds and interrelated paths create a central flow, with flowering cherry trees, willows, and poplars.

Since initial construction, many diseased pines, willows and poplars have been removed, including a zen-like circle of poplars surrounding a large granite rock. The park is currently a popular spot for lunch for people working in the Financial District.

Sources:
SWA, Sydney Walton Square: http://www.swagroup.com/project/sydney-g--walton-square.html

Image Credits:
Sydney Walton Park, courtesy of SWA

Sydney Walton Park “Fountain of Four Seasons”, courtesy of Flickr user orphanjones

Sydney Walton Park, courtesy of Flickr user AnotherSaru

Golden Gateway, 1965, courtesy of San Francisco Public Library

CLOSE

Contact:

DOCOMOMO US/Northern California

P.O. Box 29226
San Francisco, CA 94129-0226

CLOSE

Mailing List:

Sign up to receive email updates from DOCOMOMO/NOCA.