Help us restore the Ballroom Terrace Patio
The Ballroom Terrace is an area of lawn, slate walkway, and a garden fountain in the midst of majestic oak trees. Set against the beautiful architecture of the House, the terrace provides sweeping views of the estate’s agricultural fields, the Santa Cruz mountains, and Filoli’s massive oak canopies.
This area was originally designed as a northern entrance into the House and enjoyed as a tranquil garden. Historic images show the area decorated for parties, used for family picnics, and a special entrance into the home for special events. Currently, the north side of the House is underused. Our goal is to renovate the Ballroom Terrace to support the visitor experience as a shaded seating area and events space. Additionally, the original water feature will be restored to provide a focal point.
Sustainability and Use
Garden Fountain Restoration: The fountain will serve as a beautiful architectural centerpiece providing the calming sound of water and attracting wildlife. We will replace the original foundation and install a new filtration system to sustainably manage valuable water resources.
Stone Patio Installation: The lawn area will be replaced with a bluestone patio. The stone will be chosen to match historical materials used on the Dining Room Terrace and other areas along the upper terraces. The lawn removal addresses sustainability issues, particularly during frequent drought conditions in California.
Modernization: Upgrades will allow us to responsibly use the space for a wide range of activities. Designated program areas, embedded tent connections, area lighting, and electrical upfits will support rental events and public programs like the annual Holidays at Filoli celebration.