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San Francisco's Golden Gate Park: A Thousand and Seventeen Acres of Stories -- ONSITE at Mechanics' Institute
with author Christopher Pollock

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One of the world’s most spectacular urban oases, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park surely is one of the most beloved. This 1,017 acre green space in the middle of the cosmopolitan City by the Bay is covered with grassy meadows, wooded bike trails, secluded lakes, open groves, formal gardens, and museums.

The new edition of this stunning book captures the wonders of this special place in an elegant volume that is perfect for visitors and residents alike. Filled with color photographs that spill over with the flowers, trees, sculpture, and charming architecture you expect, the book also includes many black-and-white historical photos documenting the park’s illustrious past. A full-color map of areas and sites within the park gives a helpful overview, and lively, anecdotal text provides information about the monuments, gardens, and museums, from the Dutch Windmill, historic Beach Chalet, Japanese Tea Garden, and the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, to the herd of bison grazing peacefully in an enclosed paddock just off Kennedy Drive.

The only up-to-date, comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, this fascinating book leads you to the many adventures you can experience in this distinctive urban woodland.

In 2016 Christopher Pollock was tapped by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to be their Historian-in-Residence for all of the city’s parks. With this, Chris has brought a rich layer of history to the department. One of his projects was to research and record the history of the department’s some 230 holdings. His initial publication was the first version of his book about Golden Gate Park, which was published in 2001 by WestWinds Press. This was followed by Golden Gate Park: San Francisco’s Urban Oasis in Vintage Postcards by Arcadia Press in 2003. Another publication, Reel San Francisco Stories: An Annotated Filmography of the Bay Area was published in 2013, which is about the some 650 movies filmed in the Bay Area since the beginning of talkies.

Chris started his career as a designer specializing in interior architecture. With this experience he later changed gears to focus on historic preservation, specializing in historic research. A native of Connecticut, Chris has resided in San Francisco since 1979.


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