In Art & Design | By Valerie Howes | June 4, 2021

How Cornelia Oberlander Made Her Mark on Fogo Island Inn

On May 22, Canada lost a landscape architecture icon, Cornelia Oberlander. She was 99 years old. Cornelia had a tremendous impact on the sustainable design philosophy of Fogo Island Inn. After meeting our Innkeeper, Zita Cobb, at the National Gallery of Canada, they struck up a friendship. And it all began with a serious conversation about bakeapples.
Over the next decade, Oberlander shared many insights into how to preserve the nature, plants and berries of Fogo Island, both during the Inn's construction and in its ongoing operations. She spent time on Fogo Island, in 2016, as a guest at the Inn. In the video below, Zita pays tribute to a remarkable friend and mentor.
Video image credits: Michael Elkan, National Gallery of Canada, Paddy Barry, Derrick Glenn Mercer (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)