Holiday gathering at the Rengstorff House, Mountain View

The Rengstorff House located at 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd (please see the directions and map below)

Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 1 to 3 pm

The Rengstorff House, Mountain View's oldest historic house, is one of the finest examples of Victorian Italianate architecture on the west coast.

Now a museum, it displays in grand style elaborate Victorian antiques furnishings and wall and ceiling treatments by Bradbury & Bradbury.

At our holiday meeting, a docent dressed in elegant period costume will greet the guests. You are invited to stroll through the house and its English gardens.

RSVP by calling Lana (650)-776-9226

Please bring a dessert or appetizer.

The final general meeting marks the time to renew your membership for 2012.
You may bring a check to the event, or mail to:

Los Altos Hills Historical Society
P.O. Box 427
Los Altos Hills, California 94023

Directions from Los Altos Hills

Take S San Antonio Rd for 1.9 miles.
Turn Right onto El Camino Real for 1.7 miles.
Turn Left onto S Shoreline Blvd for 4 miles.
Go past the Gatehouse and follow the map below.

A little known legacy involves Rengstorff's north forty, a quarter mile north of his 164 acres. Becoming part of a prominent golf course, Shoreline Golf Links, it opened for play in 1983. Henry's 40-acre parcel comprises the first nine holes of the 200-acre course, part of the 750-acre Shoreline at Mountain View. (See map below) When you proceed past the entrance to Shoreline, glance to your left and see a foursome driving off the second tee, and a twosome putting for birdie on the par 5 first hole. Farther on, the present site of the Rengstorff House is just a chip shot from the tenth fairway.

We have no information about Mr. Rengstorff's interest in golf. We assume that any driving he did on the north forty was done with a plow and a team of horses. However, his grandson Earl Askam, an avid golfer and movie actor who played in at least 40 movies, including the serial Flash Gordon, was stricken with a fatal heart attack in 1940 while playing golf with a fellow actor on a Southern California course.







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