Los Altos Hills Historical Society
Invites you for the tour of the Filoli Estate - an outstanding showcase of early twentieth-century architecture and garden design.

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 1:00 pm

86 Cañada Road, Woodside, California 94062.

We are meeting a docent outside of the Visitor and Education Center. After an approximately one-and-a-half-hour tour we will gather at the Café at Filoli for afternoon tea/coffee. You are encouraged to explore the blooming gardens before our tour starts.

Driving directions:

" Drive north on Highway 280.
" Take the Edgewood Road exit.
" Turn left (west) on Edgewood Road, continue until it ends at Cañada Road.
" Turn right on Cañada Road, go 1.25 miles.
" Turn left into Filoli entrance, proceed to guardhouse.

Filoli was built for Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn, prominent San Franciscans whose chief source of wealth was the Empire Mine, a hard-rock gold mine in Grass Valley, California. Mr. Bourn was also owner and president of the Spring Valley Water Company whose property comprised Crystal Springs Lake and the surrounding lands, areas that are now part of the San Francisco Water Department. He selected the southern end of Crystal Springs Lake as the site for his estate.

Mr. Bourn arrived at the unusual name Filoli by combining the first two letters from the key words of his credo: "Fight for a just cause. Love your fellow man. Live a good life."
Mr. Bourn chose longtime friend and prominent San Francisco architect Willis Polk as principal designer for the house. Polk had previously designed the Bourns' cottage in Grass Valley as well as their home on Webster Street in San Francisco. An inventive architect, Polk frequently combined several styles in a single building, an eclecticism clearly evident in his design for Filoli.

Construction of Filoli began in 1915 and the Bourns moved into the House in 1917. Bruce Porter, a talented painter, sculptor, muralist, landscape designer, and art critic was enlisted to help the Bourns plan the layout of the extensive formal garden that was built between 1917 and 1929. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bourn died in 1936.

The estate was purchased in 1937 by Mr. and Mrs. William P. Roth, who owned the Matson Navigation Company. Under the Roths' supervision the property was maintained and the formal garden gained worldwide recognition. Mrs. Roth made Filoli her home until 1975 when she donated 125 acres, which included the House and formal garden, to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the enjoyment and inspiration of future generations. The remaining acreage was given to Filoli Center.

The Cafe at Filoli

Nestled in the woods, a beautiful conservatory-style room offers a peaceful setting and memorable cuisine. The Café boasts a high-quality luncheon menu, complete with some standards and many imaginative combinations, which will reward your palate. The menu consists of Filoli fresh seasonal salads, delicious soups and a selection of innovative Paninis, both vegetarian and meat-based. In addition to the house-made items, there is an array of choices from standard favorite sandwiches and fresh side salads, sweets.








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