Granada's Burnham Plan

Granada's Burnham Plan (HM1R8Y)

Location: El Granada, CA 94018 San Mateo County
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N 37° 30.121', W 122° 28.199'

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Daniel H. Burnham, called "Father of the City Beautiful Movement," designed Granada, originally Balboa, in 1906, using public plazas, a 640 acre park, oceanfront promenades & boulevards radiating from town center. A masterpiece of urban design. Burnham's plans for Wash. D.C., 1902; Chicago, 1909; and San Francisco, 1905, were not fully adopted.
Here on the Ocean Shore Railroad's line, in coastal San Mateo County, unique Granada was the only Burnham plan ever built. Remaining park areas and tree-shaded streets are reminders of Burnham's vision. By an oversight, the post office recorded the town's name as El Granada in 1909.
A short distance west of this spot are cement remnants near the former depot of the Ocean Shore R.R. which, between 1908 & 1920, carried passengers and freight north to San Francisco and south to Tunitas; Stanley Steamer to Davenport, then on to Santa Cruz by rail.
HM NumberHM1R8Y
Year Placed2002
Placed BySan Mateo County Historic Resources Advisory Board with support from Capitulus E Clampus Vitus, Yerba Buena Chapter No. 1 & David V. Cresson
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, March 26th, 2016 at 5:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 546847 N 4150696
Decimal Degrees37.50201667, -122.46998333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 30.121', W 122° 28.199'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 30' 7.26" N, 122° 28' 11.94" W
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Area Code(s)650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20 Ave Portola, El Granada CA 94018, US
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