I recently had the opportunity to talk with Anne Veh, the photographic curator for the Cavallo Point Lodge, located in Northern California near the Bay. The conversation was primarily centered on the photobooks that Cavallo Point recently published for the photographers who are featured in the rooms and grounds of this resort. What I realized was that although I have not been to this resort, I sure wanted to stay there, and here is why;
The resort features the work of twenty photographers, with 800+ photographs, situated in either historic or contemporary rooms. Currently at the restaurant, Murray Circle, there is an exhibition of 50 vintage silver gelatin photographs by Imogen Cunningham, probably the largest exhibit of her work available today. Also on display in the upstairs foyer of Murray Circle are seven select photographic works from Gregory Colbert’s exhibition Ashes and Snow.
In the public areas, the photography collection features significant work by Bay Area and internationally-recognized artists. These include Richard Barnes, Lukas Felzmann, David Liittschwager, David Maisel, Arno Minkkinen and JoAnn Verburg.
Featured in the historic guest rooms and suites are nationally- and internationally-recognized contemporary artists working primarily in black and white photography. One or two artists are highlighted per guest room or suite. Each artist has worked with Edition 1 Studios to publish an artist monograph to accompany his or her work in the rooms.
Artists include: Tom Baril, Linda Connor, Robert Dawson, Lukas Felzmann, Candace Plummer Gaudiani, James Henkel, Michael Kenna, Mark Klett, Wayne Levin, Arno Minkkinen, Chris McCaw and Camille Solyagua.
The contemporary guest rooms and suites also include a number of black and white photographs but focus on a collection of large-scale color photography. Both the architecture and dramatic landscape provide a perfect setting for more conceptually-based artwork. One artist is featured in each of these guest accommodations.
Artists include: Rick Chapman, Eirik Johnson, Ken Fandell, James Henkel, Charles LaBelle, Lisea Lyons, Amanda Marchand, Arno Minkkinen and Sangyon Joo
A brief description of the historic section of this resort:
Unique to California, the 13 historic Bayside buildings were originally the Fort Baker Officers Residences. The beautifully restored, turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival buildings offer both guest rooms and suites, just four to 12 in each building. Thanks to mindful reuse of the Fort Baker structures and materials, the Bayside buildings were renovated with minimal impact on the land and original footprint, preserving their California history and sense of place.
And about the contemporary facilities:
The newly-constructed contemporary accommodations are located on the coastal hillside of the Cavallo Point property. Positioned on a bluff above the main public areas and parade ground, these accommodations enjoy modern design and stunning views. The comfortable lodgings, with high wood ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, showcase panoramic vistas of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Housed in intimate two-story buildings, all 74 contemporary guest rooms and suites feature private entrances, toasty gas fireplaces, radiant heated floors, bamboo wood furnishings, ceiling fans and individual patios or decks.
To be able to combine a beautiful setting with a wonderful range of photographs appears very inspirational to me, and is now on my short list of places I would like to spend some quality time enjoying. I have already acquired three of the Cavallo Point monographs, including Mark Klett, Arno Minkkinen and Eirik Johnson, which I hope to review soon on The PhotoBook. And I hope to acquire more of these great monographs, as they are well printed and constructed, unique and delightful to read.
by Doug Stockdale