VISION STATEMENT OF FLANDERS FOUNDATION
Our village by the sea and amongst a forest has long been known not only as a cultural colony that promotes the arts ... be it painting, sculpture, crafts, photography, literature, music, dance, drama, or architecture ... but also as a community which respects and enhances the natural environment. This cultural and environmentally conscious colony has added to the inspiration and vitality of the creative spirits who watch over us in this sylvan setting.
Significant architecture is an important reminder of Carmel's developmental history and provides a visual image that identifies the uniqueness of Carmel for residents and visitors alike. The General Plan speaks to this: "Culturally significant structures and sites, like architectural resources, are vital to the well-being and survival of Carmel's citizens. An understanding of its history helps define and preserve the unique qualities of Carmel. The knowledge of its cultural heritage can be fostered through awareness of its varied eras, eclectic architecture, parks, seashore and forest setting. Such knowledge will provide assurance that Carmel's sense of place will survive."
Flanders mansion, a.k.a. Flanders Estate, and a.k.a. "Outlands", was designed by noted San Francisco architect, Henry H. Gutterson, graduate of U.C. Berkeley and L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. During his career, Gutterson was associated with architects such as Bernard Maybeck, Willis Polk, and Ernest Bourn. In 1924 Gutterson was hired by Paul and Grace Flanders to design their home and gardens as well as to lay out Hatton Fields for development. "Outlands", an English cottage design which is a substyle of the Tudor Revival, was one of the first structures in Carmel of this pictorial style of architecture and is listed on the National Register of historic structures.
Enhancing its uniqueness, Flanders is part of the Mission Trail Nature Preserve and is adjacent to the Lester Rowntree Native Plant Garden. Throughout the history of Carmel there has been, and continues to be, a strong tradition to preserve and enhance the natural environment and open space. The preservation of the Flanders property within the Mission Trail Nature Preserve is essential to the Park's integrity. The association of the Flanders property with the Park and the Arboretum offers a unique opportunity for the study of Carmel's natural history as well as the possibility for the reestablishment of a botanical center.
We must not lose this reminder of Carmel's past developmental and cultural history which speaks to the character of the community. It is this quality of character that prompted past Mayor Gunnar Norberg, at the time Vice Mayor, to launch a campaign and persuade the City to purchase the Flanders Estate in 1972 after Paul Flanders had died. The estate subsequently became the site of the Carmel Art Institute under the tutelage of the renowned artist John Cunningham.
Carmel-by-the-Sea's General Plan speaks to the need for fostering a wider appreciation of the contributions that structures, such as "Outlands" make to the City's character. Through private and public funding, the Flanders Foundation can further this policy by restoring and furnishing the house, by improving the landscape, and by establishing an endowment fund for its maintenance and operation.
In keeping with the scale of the house, its gardens and the neighborhood, the house will maintain the air of a private residence and could provide an ideal setting for such uses as small meetings, lectures, retreats, and musical events. These types of events could foster the promotion of Carmel's historic preservation as well as Carmel's cultural and environmental heritage. The garden will retain its rustic style and provide a charmed setting for small scale activities such as poetry readings or a watercolor class. As an alternative, we are also exploring an artist or naturalist in residence program.
Our Foundation seeks individuals, agencies and organizations
willing to participate in the preservation of the historically designated
Flanders property, not only for today, but for tomorrow. Future generations of
Carmelites surely will appreciate our vision and efforts more than any of us can