The Foster houses the permanent collection of the Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation. The foundation was established to preserve, and keep intact, Tony Foster’s watercolor journey paintings as a whole work of art. The Foster also serves as a venue for art, wilderness, educational and community programs and events.
Prior to 2014, The Foster was an ambulance garage for the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. The 14,000 square foot facility was transformed from an industrial warehouse into a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified building, with new heating, ventilation and cooling systems, new lighting and electrical systems and interiors, to house the watercolor journeys of Tony Foster. Our design and construction team included: Fergus Garber Young, Palo Alto, CA; McLarney Construction, San Jose, CA; and Paul Salisbury, who served as Consulting Architect and Designer.
The Foster lobby, exhibition and gallery spaces and restrooms are all on one-level, and small portable stools and a wheelchair are available for those who may need them during their visit.