Hannah Simonson 2.11.20 Modern Diamond Heights Archive Lecture

This talk will explore the transformation of the craggy, windswept hills of San Francisco’s Diamond Heights to a Modernist neighborhood unit in the 1960s and 1970s. Drawing from several EDA collections, the talk will highlight the idealistic Diamond Heights Redevelopment Project master plan by Vernon DeMars, the Red Rock Hill design competition with entries by high profile architects such as MLTW and Mario Ciampi, an unusual tract designed by Claude Oakland for Eichler Homes, and a sculptural playground by Robert Royston.

Hannah Simonson is an Architectural Historian/Cultural Resources Planner at the firm Page & Turnbull. She received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she wrote her thesis on Diamond Heights. She currently serves as the President of the Northern California Chapter of Docomomo US and gives walking tours of Diamond Heights as a member of the non-profit, Glen Parks Neighborhood History Project.