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Historic Folger Stable gets $5 million restoration
0HOTOS BY -ICHELLE ,E s 3TORY BY $AVE "OYCE Pagoda-like roof lines characterize Wunderlich Park’s Folger Stable, which draws on 17th century French Baroque design with Craftsman influences, according to the San Carlos contractor that rehabilitated this 105-year-old structure. Flaviano Gonzalez, a groom at Folger Stable in Woodside, comforts Patron as he fits him with gear for an afternoon ride with the stable’s trainer.
large and elegant Woodside horse stable, built in 1905 and listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, has a new lease on life that could keep it in operation for another 105 years. At a cost of about $5 million to restore and renew this stable and carriage room, Folger
Stable at 4040 Woodside Road in Wunderlich Park is no longer a dusty, debilitated, termite-ridden echo of its former glamorous self, but a gleaming showpiece. A three-hour open house for the public is set for the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 19, said Susan Lang, co-chair with Jill Daly of the Folger Stable Project, which raised
money to restore the complex. The 974-acre property was the former estate of coffee magnate James A. Folger II and was donated to San Mateo County in 1974 and forms what is now Wunderlich Park. The open house will include a blacksmith display, agricultural exhibits, a reproduction of the original enclosed hitching-rail area –
ON THE COVER: Upendo heads back to his stall at Folger Stable with Flaviano Gonzalez, the groom who administered a shower and scrub in the sunshine of an August afternoon. The stable, located at Wunderlich Park in Woodside, has been undergoing restoration for the past 18 months and will be celebrating with an open house on Sunday, Sept. 19. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.
called a tie stall – and a self-guided tour of still-standing stone walls built by Chinese laborers in the late 19th century. The stable’s architect was Arthur Brown Jr., who designed notable buildings all over the Bay Area, including the city hall and Coit Tower in San Francisco, and the Bancroft Library at the University of California. Mr. Brown’s design for the stable “draws upon seventeenth-century French Baroque, with Craftsman influences,” said Nicole See FOLGER STABLE, page 23
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Saturday, September 25th 2010
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General Public Ticket: $20.00 (Adv), $25.00 (Door) The tack room at Folger Stable holds a collection of working harnesses, reins, saddles (not pictured) and other riding gear for the horses stabled there. The tack room will be one of the highlights at an open house scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 19.
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Ervin Barsetti of San Carlosbased Gonsalves & Stronck Construction Corp., which rehabilitated the building over 18 months. The horses living in this Beaux Arts-influenced stable during its prime â€œled opulent lives,â€? according to stable spokeswoman Nan Chapman. â€œPink marble baseboards, century old bricks, cast iron fenders, and wrought iron window grates are evidence that no detail was spared.â€? The â€œornateâ€? carriage room is rare for a stable in the United States, Ms. Chapman added. The
interior is graced by redwood columns, beveled crown moldings, double hung windows and skylights, she said. During the restoration, workers discovered parts of an old railway under the foundation, Ms. Barsetti said. The theory is that in the late 19th century, carts full of home-grown grapes traveled this railway on their way to becoming raisins. A section of the railway is being preserved and will be on exhibit. â€œThere has been a phenomenal amount of support from community groups, especially equestrian organizations, families, as well as private and corporate foundations,â€? Ms. Lang said,
noting longtime major support from the late Bill Lane and his wife Jean of Portola Valley, and Woodside residents Sonja and Bill Davidow. Go to folgerstable.org or call 8512660 for more information.
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