Allied Arts Guild - Beautiful Gardens
 

Plan a Tour - Explore Allied Arts Guild - Menlo Park


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1. The Sunset Terrace and Patio

Adobe-like walls, red tiled roof, hand-hewn woodwork, and ironwork define the Spanish Colonial Revival style of the Allied Arts Complex. Each of the clay roof tiles was formed over the thigh of the craftsman. The swayback roofline was intended to create Old World charm.

2. Moroccan Oil Vessels

Magnificent Moroccan oil vessels frame the entrance to the walkway under the Rose Arbor. The huge pots, nestled into the earth, are held firmly in place by elongated, pointed bottoms.

3. The Court of the Potters

The building on the left housed the original Guild Potters. Wall pocket pots hung from the iron hooks on the walls of the building.

The building on the right is the site of the original Photoengraver's Studio. Working from this studio, Ansel Adams took the first photographs of the Guild in 1932. The ironwork around the windows was produced at the Guild Forge and used to support heavy canvas shades.

The icon of the Virgin of San Juan de los Lagos stands at the entry to the Court.

4. The Albro Room

Three vividly colored frescoes by Maxine Albro, a student of Diego Rivera and creator of some of Coit Tower's frescoes, reinforce the Court of the Potters theme.

Notice the shards of pottery imbedded in the floor of this room and the carved ceiling beams. The door to the south is believed to be the entrance to the original space of the Guild Weavers.

5. Court of Abundance or the Yellow Garden

Yellow blossoms surround the yellow and blue tiled fountain in this beautiful garden. The large painted and etched pots are original work by Guild Potters, instructed by Pedro deLemos.

6. Two Cement and Tile Mosaics

Pedro deLemos' daughters, Esther and Margaret, created these mosaics in 1929 and 1931 using the cement and tile mosaic process developed by their father. The mosaics depict the explorer Gaspar de Portolá's first interaction with Native Americans in California.

7. Patron Saint of Craftsmen

As you leave the property, notice the fresco on the Arbor Road wall of the building. This original work by Maxine Albro depicts the Patron Saint of the Arts surrounded by medallions of artisans at work. The fresco was restored in 1990 by Lucienne Bloch Dimitroff and Stephen Pope Dimitroff.

8. The Archway Building

This building was the original 1800s wooden farmhouse. It was, under the direction of Pedro deLemos and architect Gardner Dailey, remodeled to achieve a Spanish Colonial appearance. Notice the carved woodwork on the staircase and support beams. The ironwork here and throughout the Complex was forged on site.

The paths at Allied Arts are poured cement, carved while wet to look like stone and tile. Using boughs of cypress branches from the garden, the "stones" at the base of the Archway Building staircase were distressed to appear rutted by the frequent passage of wagons.

9. The Rose Allée

This fragrant and colorful pathway leads toward the oldest structures on the property.

10. The Barn

When Allied Arts Guild was created, this 1885 structure was converted into the Woodworking Shop. The Complex's beautiful beams and doors, as well as unique signature furniture, were crafted here. Many of the Barn's antique woodworking tools are still in use.

11. The Modern Wooden Building

This building, designed by Germano Milono, was selected by the American Institute of Architects as one of the best designs in the Bay Area in 1953. Its materials echo the exterior of the Barn, while its style is contemporary with an asymmetrical roofline and large picture windows.

12. Saint Francis

Find this charming Saint Francis woodcarving attached to the wall of the shed near the Milono building.

13. Garden of Delight or Blue Garden

Named after Delight Merner, originally designed by Thomas Church, this blue accented garden evokes a cool serenity.

14. Cervantes Court

Pedro deLemos designed this area using a Don Quixote motif. Notice the fountain with the donkey head spout and other whimsical ironwork on the patio walls. On the north wall is Pedro and Reta deLemos' large, colorful mural in carved cement and tile. It depicts Miguel de Cervantes as he writes a dedication to Comte deLemos, ancestor of Pedro deLemos. The tile library benches near the mural are decorated with antique hand painted tiles from Spain and portray scenes from Don Quixote.

S. The Sunset Room

This was the original showroom for the products of the various Guild Artisans. Notice the hand carved beams and their iron decorations, the carved cement floors, and the furniture made in the Barn. On the wall at the east end of the room is a small door with the Allied Arts Guild logo, designed by Pedro deLemos, suggesting a boat sailing on the "sea of joyous anticipation." Four large carved cement floor tiles, crafted by Reta and Pedro deLemos, ornament the main entryway to the Sunset Room; the pebbles and stones are from nearby San Francisquito Creek.

C. The Conference Center at Allied Arts Guild

This elegant facility, which is now available for business meetings and retreats, was the location of the original Iron Works. Notice the unique iron straps in the roof trusses and the polished redwood floor planks.

R. Blue Garden Café

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A. A Bed of Flowers

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B. Art Fun for Everyone

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C. Artisan Shop, Jon Stoumen: Architect LEED and Schwanke Architecture

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D. Barn Woodshop

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E. C + M: Handmade & Vintage

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F. Davide Bigazzi Studio & Gallery

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G. Edith Schneider Jewelry & Accessories

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H. Flair: Personalized Floral Art & Design

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I. La Bottega: Fine Italian Lifestyle

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J. Portola Art Gallery

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K. Special Handling Pottery

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L. Staprans Design

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M. Visions of Sugarplums: Custom Children's Furniture

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The Sunset Room Blue Garden Café The Conference Room The Sunset Terrace and Patio Moroccan Oil Vessels The Court of the Potters The Albro Room Court of Abundance or The Yellow Garden Two Cement and Tile Mosaics Patron Saint of Craftsmen The Archway Building The Rose Allée The Barn The Modern Wooden Building Saint Francis Garden of Delight or Blue Garden Cervantes Court A Bed of Flowers Art Fun for Everyone Artisan Shop, Jon Stoumen: Architect LEED and Schwanke Architecture Barn Woodshop Davide Bigazzi Studio and Gallery Edith Schneider Jewelry & Accessories Flair: Personalized Floral Art and Design La Bottega: Fine Italian Lifestyle Portola Art Gallery Special Handling Pottery Staprans Design Visions of Sugarplums: Custom Children's Furniture