Filoli House and Gendered Spaces

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Drawing rooms were always associated with privacy and limited access. The name derives from its earlier counterpart, ‘withdrawing rooms.’ It was in these rooms that elite, early American families and their guests developed a pageantry of manners and formal civility; rituals that helped separate them from the rest of society. Then, in the nineteenth century, … Read More

Filoli’s Irish Connections

Saturday, March 16, 2019

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17 we at Filoli wanted to highlight the close connections between Filoli and Ireland.  William and Agnes Bourn the builders of Filoli also owned another amazing estate: Muckross in Ireland. The murals here in the Filoli ballroom depict the Muckross House and the surrounding area. Their only … Read More

Nobody Does Summer Nights Better Than Filoli

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

By Holly Daley  | Holly is a guest blogger and student volunteer writing about her experience photographing Summer Nights at Filoli. My name is Holly Daley. I am currently a senior at Sacred Heart Preparatory School in Atherton, CA. My love of taking pictures lead me to take two years of photography courses at SHP … Read More

Shaking the Hand of the Land: Getting To Know Place

Monday, August 6, 2018

by Andrew Wollenberg | Andrew is a guest blogger writing about Filoli’s Nature Preserve. This is the first in an occasional blog series. Enjoy! When we meet a person for the first time we are typically introduced through a mutual friend, a work setting or simply risk saying hello and sparking up a conversation. From that point … Read More

Illuminating Restorations

Friday, June 29, 2018

By Liberté Reilly With the beautiful glass pieces in the Garden I can’t help but think of the stunning glass pieces found in the House. We just finished up a major three year renovation project in the house: our Crystal Lighting Restoration. We were able to deep clean, rewire, replace missing and damaged prisms, and … Read More