Kimberly Crest House And Gardens
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 houseâ€™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 â€œpeople of Redlands,â€ 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.
My sister and I came here to visit, because we heard it was a beautiful place. We walked around and started taking photos. Although my sister has a nice camera, she's not a professional photographer and we weren't doing a photoshoot. We were taking pictures with a beautiful scenery. We didn't want to use our phones, because the quality wouldn't be as good. We were here to capture the beauty and enjoy our time. We were approached by a gentlemen who told us to stop taking photos. He said, "you have to have an appointment to take pictures." My sister said she's not professional. And he looked at my sister and said "well that looks like a professional camera." I understand the policy about scheduling an appointment to take professional pictures, however we were visiting. My sister put her camera back in the car to abide by the gentlemen's request. We proceeded to take take pictures with a "less professional looking" camera. We felt so uncomfortable to even take photos, even though others around us were taking pictures.The worker didn't ask us if we're taking professional photos. He made a huge assumption, and kept accusing us. It was rude and aggressive behavior. We didn't feel welcome after that. We left after being there for 10 minutes. Unfortunately, I will not be returning. You don't treat people like that. It's important to ask before you accuse, because whatever was obvious to him is not what was actually the case.
This is a gorgeous property with a magnificent view. The grounds have a serene, peaceful feeling, and you experience a calming effect when you are there. I love that Mrs. Kimberly left the mansion to the "People of Redlands" in her will.
Beautiful place would recommend going. Took the house tour for $10 each (first and second floor). There was so much detail and history. Wonderful family that owned the place. Glad we went. Husband made a youtube video (channel: Bella Fox Productions) out of the grounds and prospect park right next door. I would recommend going in person though. :) Just one small thing we learned (dont want to give everything away ;) ) every tree on the Kimberly Crest manor is different not one the same we were told during the house tour.
So beautiful and worth paying the cheap tour price. The tour guide (an older man) was super friendly and had the history of it down perfectly. Prospect park next door makes for a good match I recommend seeing though it's only open 3 days a week for a few short hours. (Inside the house will be hot there's no ac)
Beautiful and quiet place to enjoy the afternoon. A nice place to relax, take pictures and enjoy a little history of Redlands!