Two weeks ago I showed you the gardens of Filoli, an estate south of San Francisco built in the early 1900's. Today I'll give you a peak inside the mansion.
Most of the first floor is open to visitors. You can take a guided tour or wander through on your own. Volunteers are stationed throughout to answer questions and protect the furnishings.
The house is furnished much as as it would have been during the period it was a home. Some furnishings were donated by the grandson of the first owners, Mr. & Mrs. William Bourn, some by the second owner, Mrs. William Roth. Much of the furniture was the gift of a collector, Melville Martin, who wanted his collection showcased in a realistic setting rather than a museum.
With his involvement in gold mining it is not surprising that William Bourn would feel the need of a vault in his home. In fact, he had several. One was off the kitchen for storing the family silver and two were in his study.
The second owners, Mr. and Mrs. William Roth had no need for three vaults. One of the two in the study was turned into a wine cellar and the other into a wet bar.
The second owners of the estate were Mr. & Mrs. William Roth. This room, originally a breakfast room now houses ship models and other maritime collectables. One model is the Matson flagship the Lurline. Mrs. Roth was the daughter William Matson, founder of the Matson Navigation Company.
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The gardens of Filoli are spectacular and the house displays fine workmanship we don't often see. We greatly enjoyed our visit and hope to go back. There was far to much to see in one visit. You can learn more about Filoli here.
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