Historical Landmark

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. This property was also listed in the National Register of Historic Places on 10/28/77.

Registration Date: 1/31/1978

County: Fresno

5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno

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