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The Rengstorff House is Mountain View’s oldest historic house and is one of the finest examples of Victorian Italianate architecture on the West Coast and is a prime model of adaptive reuse. Today this beautifully restored historic house museum provides the perfect setting for visitors to acquaint themselves with the attributes of the 19th century. The Friends of “R” House invite you come to the Rengstorff House and experience one of a kind exhibits, living history programs, memorable holiday events, and much more.

The Friends of "R" House are looking for VOLUNTEERS - Are you interested in serving on/or with the Board of Directions? Looking for a Social Media Internship? House about looking for some hours volunteering with collections management or Exhibition Organization? If so, check our volunteer job postings by checking the volunteer page under the About Us tab, or visit our listings at VolunteerMatch.org

Find us on Facebook and check our calendar often so you are assured not to miss a thing. Complimentary docent tours are held throughout the year on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and are given by Mountain View Parks and Recreation docent volunteers.  Tour times are subject to change without notice. Donations are always welcome and proceeds go to the Friends of “R” House to further our educational mission. The Rengstorff House is located inside picturesque Shoreline at Mountain View at 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View, CA 94043. Come out and enjoy the house, stroll through the gardens, enjoy the sailing lake, and take in the wonders of the wetlands and bird sanctuary.


A Pioneer Family

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Henry Rengstorff grew up in Germany, where his father owned and operated a country tavern near Bremen. Like so many others of his generation, young Henry was lured to California by stories of the Gold Rush. He left home at the age of 21, sailed around Cape Horn, and arrived in San Francisco in 1850. Too late to join in the Gold Rush, he took a job on a bay steamer traveling between San Francisco and Alviso.

Later, Rengstorff left shipping to work as a farm laborer in Santa Clara Valley, where he saved enough money to purchase squatter’s rights to 290 acres of land in San Jose. Just three years later, he added another 290 acres to his holdings. As Rengstorff’s fortune grew, so did his land holdings. He raised grain and hay near Milpitas, kept cattle in San Mateo and planted fruit trees in Los Altos.

He met and married Christine Hassler, a native of Wurtemberg, Germany. The Rengstorff home reverberated with the sounds of their children: Mary, John, Elise, Helena, Christine, Henry and Charles.

In 1864, Rengstorff bought 164 acres of land which is now part of Shoreline Business Park, located a quarter mile north of Bayshore Freeway. There he built the Rengstorff House.

Near where the house stands today, Rengstorff built a ship landing. The Rengstorff Landing played a significant role in the economic development of Mountain View and the Peninsula. Prospering farmers exported their lumber, fruits and grains. Returning ships brought hardware and building supplies for the growing region. An original journal from the Rengstorff Landing was discovered in the house during its restoration.

When Rengstorff died in 1906 at age 77, his daughter Elise Rengstorff Haag and her husband moved into the family home, bringing with them Perry Askam, the orphaned son of Elise’s sister, Helena Rengstorff Askam. Perry inherited the house after his aunt died.

In 1959, Askam sold the house to a land development company. A succession of owners held the property over the next 20 years.

In 1979, the house was purchased by the City of Mountain View, eventually moved to its present site and restored. In March 1991, the Rengstorff House was dedicated as a public facility by Mountain View’s City Council.


House Tours

Rengstorff House Dining Room

Tours of the Rengstorff House are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. The grounds and gardens are open to the public during the same hours.

The Rengstorff House is located in Shoreline at Mountain View at 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043.

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Rental Information  

The City of Mountain View is responsible for the Rengstorff House rental program.  For information on renting the Rengstorff House and a copy of the Rengstorff House rental packet please click here Call (650) 903-6088, or email RHouseRentals@mountainview.gov for additional information.

The Rengstorff House and gardens are available for rental every day except during public hours, which are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Friends of “R” House is not responsible for, nor involved in, the rental program.

Restore Your Old Pool With The Help Of Automatic Pool Cleaners

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Having a swimming pool in your home is a great way to beat the searing summer heat. There's nothing like diving into a clean, crystal clear water. However, there is some maintenance you need to perform to ensure it stays that way. And let's be honest, most of us have been putting off scrubbing our pools because it's quite a daunting task and not as fun as swimming in it. Just the mere thought of it is enough to tire and bore us.

Keep in mind though that a pool that's been unattended or stagnant for a long time without circulation, cleaning, and chemicals will not last long. If you don't' clean and maintain it properly on a regular basis, you will wake up one day with a pool that's unswimmable. They become mossy green within weeks, mosquitoes and frogs will call it home within months, and its surfaces will start to decline if not given proper cleanup for too long.

Hiring a pool company to the job for you can set you back on your budget, and most of these companies will not be honest with you. Read this pool service companies secrets list to know what they don't want you to know with regards to pool cleanup.

Fortunately, you can revive and restore your pool yourself easily these days with the help of automatic pool cleaners. Aside from keeping it safe for you and your family to swim, maintaining your pool on your own can also save you money in the long run.

Effectively Pressure Washing The Old Wooden Deck

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Historic places like the Rengstorff House boast of a beautiful wooden desk that is indispensable to its outdoor living area. However, once it began to look worn out, it can lower the value of this grand old Victorian home significantly. That is why it is essential to give it a proper cleaning to ensure that its beauty will not fade for many more years to come.

The most effective way to remove all sorts of dirt and grime that are starting to build up on decks is by pressure washing. Any deck will look as good as new in just a matter of hours. Pressure washer must be used with caution though, and it is vital to learn the proper way of using it for cleaning your old wooden deck. You don't want to end up damaging it instead of bringing it to life.

In this article, you will find all the information you need that will help you through the process of cleaning your deck without worrying about causing cracks, splits, and damaging it.

THE PERFECT FLOOR MOPS FOR CLEANING

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The Rengstorff House is one of the oldest historic houses and an extraordinary example of Victorian Italianate architecture. The wonderfully restored historic house museum is located on the West Coast.

Cleaning a regular home's floor is daunting enough, so what more of museum cleaning. Historic houses have some of the most exceptional floorings out there. Mopping 75-year-old hardwood floorings can be quite scary since you don't want to ruin its historical value. No matter how extremely resilient these historic house floors are, they are still prone to stains, damage, and other issues.

Everyone loves a clean floor, but not everyone loves the idea of mopping. One of the things that make an old or historic house special is its flooring. Here's how to give them the right kind of tender loving care that they deserve.

You don't have to worry though, these days you can rejuvenate floorings of any age with the use of the best mops available in the market today.