Learn about community’s efforts to preserve architectural past through virtual event and in-person tours
Mountain View, Calif. — After an extended closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the historic Rengstorff House is reopening to the public with limited hours and celebrating 30 years since its restoration. Fully restored in 1991, the Rengstorff House – located at 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd. – is one of the finest examples of the romantic Victorian Italianate style architecture on the West Coast.
Mayor Ellen Kamei recently joined City of Mountain View officials and key restoration leaders in celebrating Mountain View’s oldest home and its significance in Bay Area history. Learn more about this Victorian-age architectural treasure by watching the 30th Anniversary of the Rengstorff House virtual celebration on the City’s YouTube Channel, YouTube.com/MountainViewGov. The City’s government channel, Mountain View City Television on Comcast cable channel 26, will also cablecast the virtual event on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 31.
Upcoming Events in September and October
In celebration of this landmark year, the Rengstorff House is also launching "Rengstorff House Returns!" throughout the month of September. The special series of free educational tours and activities includes engaging tours led by key house and garden restoration leaders: Mark Rogge, the lead house engineer, and Barbara Gordon, a long-time lead garden consultant and expert rosarian. Register for these free events online:
• Saturday, Sept. 11 - Garden Tour (10-11:30 a.m.); register via eventbrite.com/e/166839815379
• Saturday, Sept. 18 - House Tours (12:30-3 p.m.); register via eventbrite.com/e/166844521455
• Saturday, Sept. 25 - Family Fun in the Garden (10-11:30 a.m.); register via eventbrite.com/e/166850649785
In October, the museum is scheduled to reopen to the public with courtesy docent-led tours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
The museum highlights the influence of Henry Rengstorff, his impact on the development of early Mountain View, and general knowledge of the 19th-century. The museum’s exhibits and artifacts are based on the research, historical interpretation and curation led by the Friends of "R" House. Friends of “R” House (also referred to as “The Friends”) is Rengstorff House's long-time supporting organization and a collaborator in the “Rengstorff House Returns!” event series.
See the full news release with additional content on:
- Volunteer Opportunities
- About the Rengstorff House
- About the City of Mountain View
View the news release in Spanish.