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ARCH 03 — The Filoli Estate: An Architectural Exploration

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Sapna Marfatia
Duration: 1 day
Format/Location: Off-campus
Date(s): Jul 13
Class Recording Available: No
Class Meeting Day: Saturday
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Class Meeting Time: 12:00—5:00 pm (PT)
Tuition: $200
   
Refund Deadline: Jul 6
 
Unit(s): 0
   
Enrollment Limit: 40
  
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Saturday
Duration: 1 day
Time: 12:00—5:00 pm (PT)
Date(s): Jul 13
Unit(s): 0
Format/Location: Off-campus
 
Tuition: $200
 
Refund Deadline: Jul 6
 
Instructor(s): Sapna Marfatia
 
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
 
Enrollment Limit: 40
 
Recording Available: No
 
Status: Open
 
 
The magnificent Filoli Estate in Woodside stands as a testament to the Gilded Age of American history and the grandeur often associated with the California industrialists. Completed in 1917, the property is known for its ornate gardens and also features a magnificent mansion designed in the Beaux Arts architectural style by a prominent architect of the time, Willis Polk. This course uses the Filoli Estate, recently the setting for a historic diplomatic summit between President Biden and President Xi Jinping of China, as an immersive classroom to explore architecture as visual art.

Led by Stanford’s director of architecture, participants will journey through Filoli’s enchanting grounds to delve into the functional aspects of its architecture. The estate's design is characterized by classical elements, symmetry, and grandeur and boasts intricate architectural details, including ornate moldings and decorative carvings. The mansion's rooms showcase a mix of styles, from Georgian and Regency to Louis XVI, adding to the estate's architectural diversity. Engaging in presentations, discussions, and debates at carefully selected locations throughout the property, students will examine how architectural elements and styles creatively converge to shape a harmonious whole in an ingenious combination of form and function. We will also discover how a utilitarian house transcends its functionality to become a culturally significant and aesthetically captivating object that now illustrates the heritage of the San Francisco Peninsula.

This course takes place onsite at the Filoli Estate in Woodside. The tuition covers admission to Filoli, and students will have access to the entire property, including rooms and areas normally off-limits to the public and areas currently undergoing restoration. Transportation to the Filoli Estate will be the responsibility of the student.

SAPNA MARFATIA
Campus Preservation Architect; Director, University Architecture/Campus Planning & Design, Stanford

Sapna Marfatia’s professional experience spans architecture, planning, urban design, historic preservation, and education. At Stanford, she has participated in the design of several prestigious projects and collaborated with university partners to create a vision for the preservation of iconic historic buildings. She has authored publications, presented at state and national conferences, and served on community and professional boards.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.