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.
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!
I did not visit on the best day due to the near by fire in the area, but it was a beautiful location for a the my sister in law wedding
Elvia De La Torre
My father and I went last year for the tour it was very interesting and everyone that works there is also very friendly. We took lots of pictures from the outside which is gorgeus!! To bad it was not permitted inside. Kimberly Crest Home & Gardens was one of the last places I took my Dad to he loved it! Thank you for the great time and experience! Elvia De La Torre.
The experience was amazing. I had no idea that this happened and the history behind the house is sooo interesting. I am not a house tour person but this is someplace that everyone should visit at least once and learn about the piece of history and the paper fortune.