Guadalupe Gardens
Master Plan, Concept #01

College Park
San Jose, California


Three gardens symbolizing this area's history, adjacent to the riparian forest which reflects the ancient history of this site and its Tamien inhabitants.


Open space diminishes as one heads west toward Coleman Avenue. The west end of each main garden terminates at a formal garden surrounding a structure that represents a period of this site's unique history. These will each correspond to the designs incorporated into footbridges placed over the small stream that runs alongside the Guadalupe River.

A loop trail connects the garden pavilions to the formal gardens and winds through open areas of parkland where picnic tables, benches and flower gardens dot the naturally beautiful landscape. Two historic roads established in 1866 -- Emory Street and University Avenue -- act as footpaths and borders between the three main gardens. Spring Street, which was established in 1850, serves as the park's main divider, separating the open space to the east from the formalized areas to the west.

Beautiful and forested: The homes and buildings in this area of College Park were demolished but the rest was left to naturalize.

The site will be approached with extreme care and sensitivity. No trees or wildlife will be removed or harmed, but rather planned around in an attempt to share this precious open space with all life in our city.


01) Potrero Garden

Representative of the Mission Pasturelands that began here in the late 1700's.

a) Large open field and elements of a ranch.
b) The Sad Barn -- A "structural portrait" symbolizing the former pasture and forsaken Neophyte dreams that were lost when the Missions were secularized.
c) The Tall Stack -- An "adobe house" that speaks of both Mission architecture and Adobe dwellings.

The former site of El potrero de la Mission and potential site for Potrero Garden. This naturalized space has become home to many species of birds and animals, some of which relocated here as other areas of the city were removed for new development.

02) Alameda Garden

Evocative of the nursery and ranch developed by Robert Stockton in the mid 1800's.

a) Fruit trees and other elements of the Stockton Rancho's legendary beauty.
b) A greenhouse containing a living exhibit about Stockton's contribution to the Santa Clara Valley. Houses a shop where plants and seeds may be purchased.
c) Lyceum building for small musical performances and other such casual community meetings which fit within the context of a botanical garden. Contains a history of the Alameda Gardens subdivision and nursery.

Former site of the Robert F. Stockton's ranch and his legendary nursery that gave rise to the orchards of the valley. Also within this "Stockton Rancho" was the Alameda Gardens subdivision, which Stockton established in 1850 when the following streets were laid out: Gold, Silver, Cinnabar, Spring, and Stockton. Many old pepper, fruit, and nut trees still live here.

03) University Garden

Celebrates the shaded lanes and tranquil centers of learning that once existed in The University of the Pacific's campus and its College Park subdivision, established in 1866.

a) Winding paths beneath the trees and trails which correspond to order and unity with nature.
b) Academy Building for teaching children about the area through hands-on programs designed to renovate, restore, and build within the park and gardens, therefore utilizing the area as an outdoor classroom. This would be an ideal location to feature the extensive history of College Park, and showcase children's artistic creations which result from the ongoing work and instruction.
c) Gallery of Art aiming to contain many modern and historic pieces that reflect the Valley's history.

Spring Street, established by Robert Stockton in 1850 through what was then the Alameda Gardens subdivision.

The former University Avenue, which terminated at the Guadalupe River.