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El Granada in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Granada's Burnham Plan

 
 
Granada's Burnham Plan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 26, 2016
1. Granada's Burnham Plan Marker
Inscription. Daniel H. Burnham, called "Father of the City Beautiful Movement," designed Granada, originally Balboa, in 1906, using public plazas, a 640 acre park, oceanfront promenades & boulevards radiating from town center. A masterpiece of urban design. Burnham's plans for Wash. D.C., 1902; Chicago, 1909; and San Francisco, 1905, were not fully adopted.
Here on the Ocean Shore Railroad's line, in coastal San Mateo County, unique Granada was the only Burnham plan ever built. Remaining park areas and tree-shaded streets are reminders of Burnham's vision. By an oversight, the post office recorded the town's name as El Granada in 1909.
A short distance west of this spot are cement remnants near the former depot of the Ocean Shore R.R. which, between 1908 & 1920, carried passengers and freight north to San Francisco and south to Tunitas; Stanley Steamer to Davenport, then on to Santa Cruz by rail.
 
Erected 2002 by San Mateo County Historic Resources Advisory Board with support from Capitulus E Clampus Vitus, Yerba Buena Chapter No. 1 & David V. Cresson.
 
Location. 37° 30.121′ N, 122° 28.199′ W. Marker is in El Granada, California, in San Mateo County. Marker is on Avenue Portola near Obispo Road, on the right when
Granada's Burnham Plan Marker (detail) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 26, 2016
2. Granada's Burnham Plan Marker (detail)
traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Avenue Portola, El Granada CA 94018, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ocean Shore R.R. and Granada (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hotel El Granada (about 700 feet away); Miramar Beach Restaurant (approx. 0.6 miles away); In Memorial to the Commercial Fisherman Lost at Sea (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Moss Beach Distillery (approx. 2.6 miles away); First Concrete Bridge Erected in San Mateo Co (approx. 3.4 miles away); Zaballa House (approx. 3.4 miles away); "The Determination of One Man" (approx. 3.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is next to the post office.
 
Also see . . .  Daniel H. Burnham (Sept. 4, 1846 - June 1, 1912 ) - HistoricDetroit.org. Burnham is also credited with being the visionary behind Chicago (he co-authored the Chicago Plan of 1909, which laid out plans for the city’s future), a founder of the Chicago School of Architecture, and changed the way America built cities with his work as chief coordinating architect of the 1893 Columbian World’s Fair. (Submitted on March 26, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Granada's Burnham Plan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 26, 2016
3. Granada's Burnham Plan Marker
 
 
Additional keywords. Urban Planning
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Daniel H. Burnham image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, May 27, 2010
4. Daniel H. Burnham
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 26, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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