WHERE: Burlingame Public Library, Lane Room
480 Primrose Rd., Burlingame, CA 94010
WHEN: Tuesday, May 30, 6:30pm
Free, donations accepted
MORE INFO: Carl Martin, email@example.com, 650-703-8395
This is a rare opportunity to see early 1900s photographs of Hillsborough and Burlingame by renowned photographer Gabriel Moulin. Over 50 unpublished photos of North Burlingame circa 1913 and architect George Howard’s Hillsborough home and adjacent “Versailles” gardens circa 1930s will be shown on Tuesday, May 30 when the Burlingame Historical Society will present a program titled “Moulin Sells Burlingame.” These photos were commissioned by Ansel M. Easton and George Howard as part of the sales campaign to subdivide and sell these estates. Leading the presentation and discussion will be Joanne Garrison, author of the book, Burlingame: Centennial 1908 – 2008.
Gabriel Moulin was a prominent Bay Area photographer in the early 20th Century. Known for his photos of post-earthquake San Francisco and the building of the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, he also was frequently called upon to document the homes and parties of San Francisco’s powerful elite, especially after he was named the official photographer of the Bohemian Club.
The North Burlingame photos, taken to help Easton sell his property, show select early homes already built by 1913, as well as huge swaths of undeveloped lots for sale. One rare photo shows Kohl Mansion under construction. The photos also show the electric trolley car that Easton operated to transport people to his property from the Broadway train station.
The Howard photos are the only known photos showing the now demolished summer home that the architect (of the Burlingame train station and Kohl Mansion) built for himself and his family around the turn of the 20th century. Done in the Beaux-Arts style, the home sat at the top of today’s Roehampton Road. It had a huge formal garden that Howard dubbed “Versailles”, the axis of which extended from the top of Roehampton Road to Richmond Road.
The program on Tuesday, May 30, begins at 6:30 pm in the Lane Room of the Burlingame Library. As always, the Burlingame Historical Society’s programs are free and open to the public.