Sunday, February 12, 2012

Druid Heights : Homestead History

On Saturday, February 11th, Homestead Village sponsored a lecture about Druid Heights to a standing room only crowd. According to Christina Oldenburg, who organized the event, thirty people had to be turned away.
Druid Heights, in its heyday, was an "unintentional community" of creative people. A few tenants remain just over the hill from Homestead Valley, and the location is now in consideration for "culturally significant" historic status.
Chuck Oldenburg, our local historian and MC for the event, started the presentation.
Maverick and his younger brother Sam ended by sharing stories of magical times spent there during their youth. 
In the middle of it all, Bob Flasher of the Golden Gate Parks conservancy presented a slide show while describing the diversity of artists, writers and musicians who inhabited the creative compound and built the structures. 
"While other carpenters were building tract houses of stucco all across America, Roger Somers was building these structures here, " stated Bob. " Every corner of the place was given great attention to detail, "for no reason other than craftsmanship."
I was particularly intrigued by the photos of Elsa Gidlow's "Love Garden," with a walkway crafted of carved slate stones, some in the shape of a heart.
As he showed the slides, Bob said, "It's a very unique place... a lot like Homestead Valley."

 -- Mari Tamburo

Related Info :
Chuck's article (LINK)
NY Times Article (LINK)
NY Times Slideshow (LINK)
Druids and Ferries (LINK)