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California Ranches: Lands in Transition

  • Huntington Library, Rothenberg Hall 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA, 91108 United States (map)

This free talk is hosted by the California Gardens & Landscape History Society, on August 5, 2019 at 7 pm at the Huntington Library. Reservations are not required. https://cglhs.org

As described by CGLHS: Architect Marc Appleton will discuss the history of cattle ranching in California. Once a robust industry in the state, ranching is now a much diminished and challenged enterprise, says Appleton, and many ranchers are witnessing the passing of a way of life. As ranches fail, there is a renewed debate over how these lands might transition to other uses. Many fall prey to suburban sprawl, but others offer instructive alternatives. A book signing will follow the talk.

Marc Appleton is the founding Principal of Appleton Partners LLP–Architects with offices in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California. A graduate of Harvard College (1968) and the Yale School of Architecture (Master of Architecture, 1972), Marc apprenticed at several architectural firms, including Benjamin Thompson & Associates, MacAllister, Rinehart & Ring, and Frank O. Gehry & Associates, before opening his own practice in 1976. His design work has received many awards and been widely published in Architectural DigestTown and Country, and other periodicals. From its inception, he was consistently named one of AD’s top 100 Designers.

In 1999, he wrote a new introduction and bibliography for Acanthus Press’s reprint of Rexford Newcomb’s Mediterranean Domestic Architecture in the United States followed by his publication of George Washington Smith: An Architect’s Scrapbook in 2001, California Mediterranean (Rizzoli Publications, 2007), and New Classicists (Images Publishing, 2008). He assisted in the publication of the book Casa del Herrero: The Romance of Spanish Colonial (Rizzoli Publications, 2009), published Myron Hunt at Occidental College by Robert Winter (2012), California Ranches(Rizzoli, 2012) and the series Master Architects of Southern California 1918-1941.

Marc is a founding member of the Appleton-Whittel Research Ranch Foundation in Arizona and the Mingei International Museum of World Folk Art in San Diego. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Prescott College in Arizona, The Cooper Union, NY, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, NY, the Dean’s Council of the Yale School of Architecture, as well as Casa del Herrero, Lotusland, and The Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

Photo: Beginning in 1965, Mission Viejo was developed on the O’Neill Ranch, once a 233,000 acre holding made up of historic ranchos, Santa Margarita y Los Flores, Trabuco, and Mission Viejo y La Paz. In addition to Mission Viejo, the land in Orange County was developed as the master planned communities of Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, and Rancho Mission Viejo. A portion of the land is still used for ranching and farming.