Rengstorff House


Updated 12/22/2020 

The Rengstorff House has suspended public tours and other volunteer activities under shelter-in-place guidelines and given small, interior spacing of the Rengstorff House’s accessible areas. However, the exterior grounds are available for public use during Shoreline at Mountain View hours and for those following social distancing and other applicable COVID-19 public health orders. The State of California allows wedding ceremonies, while receptions are prohibited, until further notice. Please refer to the Rental Information page of our website for additional information, and for updated rental materials as they become available for your event planning consideration/review. Please contact our rental reservations staff for availability in 2021 and/or for further assistance.

About the Historic Rengstorff House

Welcome to the historic Rengstorff House, Mountain View’s oldest home and one of the finest examples of Victorian Italianate architecture on the West Coast! We are located at 3070 N. Shoreline Boulevard.

Fully restored in 1991, the Rengstorff House features: a Victorian Italianate design with a hip roof; a central gable crowned by a widow's walk; a front portico; and a symmetrical room layout.

The gracious dining room and four lovely parlors downstairs, all decorated with classic period décor, open up to brick patios surrounded by manicured lawns, blooming flowers and natural areas. Nearby you will find the Shoreline Lake, Golf Links, and two, classic eateries to enjoy and explore.

Saved from destruction and then beautifully furnished by a community-based organization known as the Friends of "R" House, the facility features ornate brass chandeliers, plaster rosettes, push-button light switches, Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper designs and Eastlake furniture. The 12-room, 3,955 square foot structure is graced with 11-foot ceilings on the first floor and 10-foot ceilings on the second story.

The Rengstorff House is open for public tours three days a week – Tuesdays/Wednesdays from 11:00am until 5:00pm, and Sundays 1:00 – 4:00pm. While tours are free to members of the general public, donations are also accepted on behalf of the Friends of “R” House. Please join us to learn more about the story of this unique facility, so that it may be appreciated and benefit many generations to come. The Rengstorff House is available for rent every day of the week except during public tour times, and is a popular wedding venue from April until mid-October. We often book far in advance.

Saving the Rengstorff House

Especially in times of COVID-19 as the house is closed to the public, Shoreline at Mountain View and the historic Rengstorff House are pleased to re-release the following documentary videos describing the house's original owner as well as the tremendous efforts put forth saving Mountain View's oldest home. (Recommended browser: Google Chrome or Firefox)

Part 1: Henry Rengstorff

Part 2: The Restoration Story

Please join us in acknowledging the 30th Anniversary of the Rengstorff House restoration in 2021!

Acknowledgements: Our gratitude is extended to volunteer videographer Jennifer Fey; the Bay Area News Group; the Friends of "R" House; and many former staff and volunteers who contributed their time to interpret and capture this compelling restoration story.

The Rengstorff House
3070 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043

(650) 903-6073 – general information
(650) 903-6088 – rental information and special events