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Monthly Lunch and Learn 7/12/17

July 12, 2017 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Forestiere Underground Gardens Tour

Cost:                          $5.00 AIASJ Members, $15.00 for non-members, $7.00 per child (ages 5-17)

Location:                 5021 W. Shaw Ave, Fresno CA 93722

Time:                        3:45 PM Arrival Time; 4:00 PM  Tour Time (please arrive 15 min. early, it’s very important we have our group together before the tour begins)

AIA CEU:               1.0 CEU

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Due to the limited space available we ask that all attendees prepay for this event, no refunds will be granted.

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Take a tour of one of Fresno’s Finest.  The Forestiere Underground Gardens were designated a CALIFORNIA REGISTERED HISTORICAL LANDMARK  in 1979.   It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.   The site has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, AAA Via Magazine, Sunset Magazine and on television in HGTV’s Xtreme Gardens and Huell Howser’s California’s Gold (episode 509). The open air museum was on’s list of World’s Coolest Underground Attractions, and is in Life’s book Seeing is Believing.

  1. The tour will begin with the history of the man who designed the underground gardens and how it is now a historic landmark
  2. The presenter will talk about the hand-built network of underground rooms, courtyards and passageways reminiscent of the ancient catacombs.
  3. The presenter will discuss the Ancient Roman architecture – arches, vaults and stone-built walls.
  4. A more fuller discussion of the Underground home of Sicilian visionary and self-taught artist/builder Baldassare Forestiere.


July 12, 2017
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm


Forestiere Underground Gardens
5021 W. Shaw Ave, Fresno CA 93722 + Google Map
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