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To view the finding aid for this architect's collection, see the Finding Aid at the Online Archive of California.
Lockwood deForest III attended the Thacher School in Ojai, California, where he developed a deep love for Californian landscapes and plein air painting. From 1922 until his early death in 1949, deForest practiced landscape architecture in the affluent communities of Santa Barbara county. His practice was largely residential although he worked on several schools and served as a consultant to a number of civic organizations and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. From 1925 until 1942 he co-edited "The Santa Barbara Gardener" with his wife, Elizabeth Kellam deForest.
|The deForest collection consists primarily of landscape drawings, the majority of which relate to residential projects in Southern California. Included are the large estates "Val Verde" and Lotus Land. Non-residential projects include the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, clubs, schools, exhibits, and a few commercial properties. A small number of drawings by architects such as Chester L. Carjola, William W. Wurster, George Washington Smith, Robert Stanton, Requa and Jackson, and Lutah Maria Riggs can be found in the project records. Also included in the collection are a small amount of textual records, deForest's copy of his pamphlet "The Plants of Santa Barbara," and a card file that served as a catalog of plants for the Santa Barbara region.|
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