Blake Estate oral history project
About the Book
Interviews with family members, architects and landscape architects, gardeners, staff, and two presidents of the University of California to document the history of Blake House, since 1967 the University's presidential residence, and the Blake Garden, utilized by the University for teaching purposes. Inquiry into life history and personality of Anson Blake, Anita Symmes Blake, and Mabel Symmes; the University and the house, remodelling and use since 1962; the development of the gardens and their use today. Includes extensive appendices. Interviewees are: Igor Robert Blake, George Blake Thacer, Helena Duryea Thacer, Elliot A.P. Evans, Elizabeth Janin Evans, Louis L. Stein, Clark Kerr, Catherine Mary Spaulding Kerr, Janice Kittredge, Norma Willer, Anthony Godwin Hail, Ronald Gene Brocchini, Myra M. Brocchini, Charles Johnston Hitch, Toichi Domoto, Walter G. Vodden, M.K. Arbegast, Gerladine Knight Scott, Florence Holmes, and Linda Haymaker.