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Male, US, born 1902-04-27, died 1978-08-30

Associated with the firms network

Church, Thomas D. , Landscape Architect; Rockrise, George T. , Architect

Professional History


Principal, Thomas D. Church, Landscape Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1931- ;

Thomas Church had many wealthy clients in the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere. According to Prof. David Streatfield, Church, rather than bill these wealthy clients for a fee, would sometimes ask to be paid in common or preferred stock owned by them. (Conversation with Prof. David Streatfield, University of Washington, 09/28/2017.)


Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1928-1930; Special Lecturer, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1930;

Professional Activities

Church traveled with San Francisco architect William W. Wurster (1895-1973) to Europe, primarily Scandinavia in 1937.

Professional Awards

Fine Arts Medal, American Institute of Architects (AIA), for Landscape Architecture, 1951.



A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1922; M.A., Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1926;

College Awards

Sheldon Traveling Scholarship, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1926; the prestigious Sheldon Traveling Scholarship enabled Church to spend six months at the American Academy in Rome, Italy, and also to travel throughout Europe.



Born in Massachusetts, Church came out to San Francisco, CA, in the 1920s; he died here at the age of 76.


SSN: 550-40-2725;

PCAD id: 76

Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA1954-1985Bainbridge IslandWA
Bradley, John, House, San Mateo, CA
Coleman, James V., House, San Francisco, CA1962San FranciscoCA
Donnell, Dewey and Jean, House and Garden, Sonoma, CA1947-1948SonomaCA
Flood, James, House, Woodside, CA1941WoodsideCA
General Motors Corporation (GM), Technical Center, Warren, MI1949-1953WarrenMI
Henderson, Wellington, House, Hillsborough, CA1931-1932HillsboroughCA
Hooker, John, House, San Mateo, CASan MateoCA
Martin, Charles O., House, Aptos, CA1947-1948AptosCA
Martin, Charles O., House, Garden, Aptos, CA1952AptosCA
McAllister, Decker, House, Hillsborough, CAHillsboroughCA
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (Metlife), Parkmerced Apartments, San Francisco, CA1941-1951Los AngelesCA
Nowell, Nelson T., and Marguerite, House, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA1946-1947Carmel-by-the-SeaCA
Orrick House, Pebble Beach, CA1921Pebble BeachCA
Peery, H.T., House, Palo Alto, CAPalo AltoCA
Pope, George A., Jr., House, Hillsborough, CA1936HillsboroughCA
San Francisco Housing Authority, Valencia Gardens #1, San Francisco, CA1942-1943San FranciscoCA
Stanford University, Book Store #2, Stanford, CA1959-1960StanfordCA
Stanford University, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA1953-1955StanfordCA
Stanford University, Stanford Industrial Park, Stanford, CA1951StanfordCA
United States Government, Postal Service (USPS), Post Office, Stanford University, Stanford, CA1960StanfordCA
University of California, Davis (UCD), Plant Sciences Building, Davis, CA1949
deGuigné, Christian III, House, Hillsborough, CA1914HillsboroughCA
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