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Kimberly Crest House And Gardens

1325 Prospect Drive

About The Garden:

Kimberly Crest, a picturesque French chateau style home built in 1897, is a well preserved example of the Victorian Era in California. The 7,000 square foot, three-story chateau sits on a six and one quarter acre estate two miles south of downtown Redlands, at 1325 Prospect Drive, and is enjoyed by more than 11,000 visitors annually.

Originally built by Mrs. Cornelia A. Hill, a widow from New York State, the home was purchased by J. Alfred Kimberly (a co-founder of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation) and Helen Cheney Kimberly in 1905. Their widowed daughter, Mary Kimberly Shirk, lived in the home from 1920 until her death in 1979.

The house's unique features include a French revival parlor complete with gilt furniture and silk damask wall coverings. Terraced Italian gardens, orange groves and ponds surround this historic landmark home. The lily ponds feature radiant Koi; vivid red, pink and yellow lilies against deep green majestic lotus blossoms; and papyrus. In 1998, KSA was made an honorary member of the Inland Koi Society who maintains the lily ponds at Kimberly Crest.

In 1963 there was a community effort to raise money to purchase Prospect Park (a 39 acre botanical park east and adjacent to Kimberly Crest) for the City of Redlands. To motivate support for this project, Mrs. Shirk promised to give her home to the "people of Redlands," if the needed money was raised. The park was acquired in 1968. The following year the Kimberly-Shirk Association, a non-profit corporation was formed. In her will, Mrs. Shirk left the house to the Association for the people of Redlands.


Meagan Jensen

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Beautiful home and grounds!! I highly recommend taking the tour of this home!! The story that comes with this place is incredible and full of humor! The smells of the oranges and the home are breathtaking!! I love this place! Tons of areas to take great pictures or just to relax! The theater is amazing as well!!

Susan Sveum

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
A beautiful, historic Redlands landmark. An inexpensive way to see a piece of old California. Tour with docents are only $10, $8 for seniors. The 1 hour tour takes you through the fully furnished mansion with stories about the Kimberly family and the area's history. The gardens are free to browse at your leisure. The grounds are lovely and we'll kept. Very photogenic!

Chris Renke

Sunday, June 3, 2018
Beautiful home with a rich history to read about inside. The volunteer docents were super polite and really happy to share their knowledge. Great views of the areas as well. Worth a stop is your in the area.

Rubii Aguirre

Sunday, July 29, 2018
A bit hidden but a wonderful place to visit, lots of landscape for pictures. The tour is a must but even without the tour it's a marvelous experience.

Catherine Lambert

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Great concert, great venue, be aware that once the night breeze picks up, it can get chilly.

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