#916:  Forestiere Underground Gardens

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5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno





State Plaque


Plaque is visible from the street. Site is privately owned and gated. Tours available for a fee.

From the plaque:

Here, beneath the hot, arid surface of the San Joaquin Valley, Baldasare Forestiere (1879-1946) began in the early 1900s to sculpt a fantastic retreat. Excavating the hardpan by hand, he created a unique complex of underground rooms, passages, and gardens which rambled throughout a ten-acre parcel. His work is being preserved as a living monument to a creative and individualistic spirit unbounded by conventionality.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation witht he Rick Forestiere family. October 12, 1979.

2009 David Schmitt