California modernist Ruth Shellhorn (1909–2006) was one of the region’s most prolific and talented practitioners. Establishing her practice during the Depression, Shellhorn is perhaps best remembered for her Bullock’s department stores that defined a new post-war shopping experience of luxury and leisure.
In 1955 Shellhorn was hired to create a plan and plantings for Disneyland, and a year later, took a post at University of California at Riverside as supervising landscape architect. Over the course of her long career, she also designed many private gardens in the Los Angeles area.
The new film will feature footage of Shellhorn’s projects and an interview with Kelly Comras, author of Ruth Shellhorn, the first book in the LALH Masters of Modern Landscape Design series, coming next spring. Four films in the LALH North America by Design series are now viewable at lalh.org.