A year before billionaire philanthropist Walter Annenberg's death in 2002, the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnyland was established to fund the future use of Sunnylands, the 200-acre estate in Rancho Mirage, California. A year before Leonore Annenberg's death in 2009, plans were begun to transform Sunnylands from the Annenberg's winter retreat to an educational center and peaceful sanctuary for the public and for public figures.
The original 1966 estate was the vision of the Annenbergs. Designed by architect A. Quincy Jones and landscape architect Emmet Wemple, the property includes an historic midcentury modern residence surrounded by a golf course, tennis court, swimming pool, artificial ponds, guest cottages, and a Chinese pavilion.
The present Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands is much more. In addition to renovating the original estate, the Trust developed an adjacent 15 acres to include an education and visitor's center, landscaped art gardens, and a solar field. Sunnylands Center and Gardens opened to the public in 2012.
Explore the Landscape of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands:
- Sunnylands: Art and Architecture of the Annenberg Estate in Rancho Mirage, California, David G. De Long (ed.), University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009
- Plan Your Visit to Sunnylands
Sources: Sunnylands at a Glance at sunnylands.org/page/74/fact-sheet; "The Annenberg Retreat At Sunnylands Dedicated February 2012" Press Release at sunnylands.org/page/131/press-kit; [Websites accessed February 14, 2013]