Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (1975-1977)
Part of:
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)
  • Arthur Erickson (architect)

Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (1975-1977)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 0.1 l.m. of textual records
    70 photographic material
    15 reprograhic copies
Scope and content:
Project series documents Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's project for the grounds of the Museum of Anthropology located on the northern end of the University of British Columbia campus. Oberlander worked on this project from 1975-1976 with architect Arthur Erickson. The project was completed in 1976. Due to the location of museum on the Northwest Coast First Nations site, the building was designed to evoke a First Nations longhouse. Oberlander concept for the landscaping was inspired by the Northwest Coast First Nations culture. It initally included a reflecting pool to represent the coastal inlet and an ethnobotanically significant selection of plants. However some features from the original design, such as the reflecting pool and some of the indegenious planting, weren't realized until the mid-2000s. The shield the site from the noise of the busy NW Marine Drive, located next to the grounds, Oberlander included "a series of large mounds planted with Haida seed mix". [1]

The project series contains reprographic copies of working drawings, including landscape plans, landscape sections and details, grading and irrigation plans, planting plans, and site plans. The project is also documented through textual records, including specification, correspondence with architects and clients, inspection reports, and some handwritten notes by Oberlander. The project series also comprises photographs of the museum site.
Reference number:



Vancouver British Columbia Canada

Related units of description:
  • See also AP075.S1.1992.PR01 and AP075.S1.2004.PR02 for later project of restoration of the Museum of Anthropologie landscape.

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