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Migration of the Monastery Stones

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2017
1. Migration of the Monastery Stones Marker
Photo Caption: Remains of the Monastery in Spain
Inscription. The weathered stones in the limestone wall that frames this garden were once part of the Cistercian Monastery in Santa Maria de Ovila in Spain.

1188 The monastery was founded, and for over six centuries it dominated its surroundings near the Tagus River 90 miles northeast of Madrid.

1835 The monastery was one of about 900 that were closed by the Spanish government. It was then sold to private owners and fell into disrepair.

1930 With the approval of the Spanish National Art Commission, monastery buildings were bought and disassembled for William Randolph Hearst, the prominent publisher. The stones were marked to aid reconstruction and were shipped to California. Hearst planned to have the stones reassembled as part of a retreat in Shasta County, about 250 miles north of San Francisco. However, the stones were left in a San Francisco warehouse due to Heart's financial setbacks during the Depression.

1941 The city of San Francisco purchased the monastery stones for the cost of storage, with the plan of reassembling them as part of the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The necessary funds could not be raised, and the crates of stones were stored near the museum. Unfortunately, fire and weather erased most of the identifying marks, limiting future plans for reconstruction.
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2017
2. Migration of the Monastery Stones Marker
Since the 1960s, Stryling Arboretum has used the stones for walls in many locations such as the Succulent, Fragrance, and California gardens.

2000 The wall of the Liberty Terrace Garden was created from arch stones and decorative column pieces among more regularly shaped blocks. Several stones are placed to show historic markings that were incised by the medieval stone-masons. Geometric incisions were cut as carving guides for fluted column pieces. The salvaged stones contribute a special sense of history to this part of Strybing.
 
Location. 37° 46.025′ N, 122° 28.057′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near Lincoln Way. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, San Francisco CA 94122, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Planning Golden Gate Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Doughboy (approx. 0.4 miles away); San Francisco Lawn Bowling Clubhouse and Greens (approx. half a mile away); The First Public Children's Playground in the United States (approx. half a mile away); The Conservatory
Liberty Terrace Garden image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2017
3. Liberty Terrace Garden
(approx. half a mile away); The San Francisco Columbarium (approx. 1.1 miles away); St. John's Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Former Site of Laurel Hill Cemetery (was approx. 1.7 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in the San Francisco Botanical Garden near the Helen Crocker Russell Library, just off the Great Meadow.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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