826. The North Woods

The buildings grouped together in this area, called North Woods, were designed by the architectural firm of Smith, Barker, and Hanssen. Their design and materials evoke Julia Morgan’s original style. But the architects added something brand new. Retired State Park Ranger Roxann Jacobus. ROXANN JACOBUS: One of the things they were impressed with was, in the historic core, that you have a lot of pedestrian traffic. So for the first time they hide all of the vehicle traffic that came into the park. They hid it underground. … As these multi-story buildings took up open space, the roof of the garage became a natural landscape. You can’t plant trees there, … So we have this variation of about 13 different plant species that are short rooted or they have running stems on the surface of the ground that complement that open space.