Soon after the completion of the house you saw in my previous posts, the Garden House was constructed in 1920. It is part of the 16-acre garden. Imagine the regular landscape work. I can barely care for the few plants in my yard.
You can come in from the heat for some quiet time and solitude.
Or, you can sit outside on a nice summer evening and admire its surrounding beauty.
The door to the Filoli mansion is about to open and a few of its jewels revealed to you...
As you enter the main entrance, you will first encounter this massive area known as the Reception Room.
Only 2 families have lived in this home. Known as the Study Room, it became the favorite of the last owners, the Roths. Mrs. Roth's portrait is hanging over the fireplace. The vaults on each side of the mantel were converted into a wet bar and wine storage by the Roths.
This is probably my favorite room of all...the Ballroom. The room is 32 feet (9.75 m) wide and 70 feet (21.3 m) long. Imagine the parties held here. Elegant enough for royalty. In the back of the room is a huge fireplace. With a person standing in front of it in this photo, you can imagine its size.
You might have guessed this is the Library with all the books and rich wood paneling. In the foreground is a few of the owners' family photos. Hung on the far right is a painting of the first owner's mum, Mrs. Bourn. The carpeting on the floor was from Queen Victoria's home on the Isle of Wight.
The Dining Room is huge and I feel a little too formal a place to eat a meal.
With a full-time cook living onsite, this is the Kitchen he used to cook the family meals.
Following up with my last post, this is the front of the mansion attached to the entrance. Funded by a local wealthy businessman, Mr. William Bourn, construction of the home began in 1915 and he and his family moved in two years later. Why the name Filoli? Mr. Bourn's belief was "FIght for a just cause; LOve your fellow man; LIve a good life."
If the house looks a little familiar to you, it has been featured in a number of television shows and movies. I first noticed it from the opening credits of the 1980's show "Dynasty". You can see the home as the camera pans over it 15 seconds into the video I found on Youtube. In the show, the home was portrayed to be in Denver, Colorado, but in actuality, it is only about 30 miles south of San Francisco.
More beautiful flowers and possibly a former fountain at the front entrance.
My parents owned a restaurant during my youth and I remember spending many Saturdays here going from stall to stall with them to shop for fresh vegetables. Many decades later, I come back for a visit because the murals draw me in.
The San Francisco Farmer's Market opened in 1947 and this 1951 picture shows how it looked back then. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center) You history buffs might like to read a historical essay about the popular San Francisco farmers markets written by John Brucato.
There is a mural for each stall. They were painted during the 2002-2003 timeframe as part of a community beautification project.
A close-up example of a mural within a stall.
I really like this one with the bees and colorful archway.
Feeling dizzy? You wouldn't know it by looking at this picture that you are standing 100 floors (474.2m or 1,556 ft) above ground. This is Shanghai's World Financial Center which was once the tallest observation tower in the world until the 2010 opening of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai.
A placard in the observation deck confirms we are way up high.
On the floor are windows for you to look down.
Go ahead, stand a little closer to the edge. Unfortunately, on the day we visited, the whole city was fogged in and we could not see anything, but we were no doubt in the sky.
From the ground looking up, the observation deck was somewhere in the sky consumed in fog.
I have passed by this sculpture a number of times, but never bothered to photograph it nor find out about its creator until last weekend.
Keith Haring (1958-1990) designed this untitled aluminum piece in 1989 and is now part of the San Francisco downtown landscape. Although untitled, the piece is known as the "Three Dancing Figures". From my research, Mr. Haring created several similar pieces which now adorn other cities around the U.S.