Rengstorff House

It has been 30 years since the historical Rengstorff House was restored, and the city of Mountain View plans a series of events commemorating the milestone.

 

After an extended closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the historical Rengstorff House is reopening to the public with limited hours and a celebration of 30 years since its restoration.

Fully restored in 1991, the Rengstorff House – located at 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View – is one of the finest examples of the romantic Victorian Italianate style architecture on the West Coast.

Mountain View Mayor Ellen Kamei, other city officials and key restoration leaders joined in showcasing the city’s oldest home and highlighting its significance in Bay Area history.

To watch the virtual anniversary celebration, visit the city’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/MountainViewGov. The city’s government channel, Mountain View City Television on Comcast cable channel 26, will cablecast the virtual event 10 a.m. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Thursdays and 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31.

Upcoming events

To commemorate the landmark year, Rengstorff House has launched “Rengstorff House Returns!” The series of free educational tours and activities runs through September and includes tours led by house and garden restoration leaders Mark Rogge, the lead house engineer, and Barbara Gordon, a longtime lead garden consultant and rose expert.

The museum spotlights the influence of Henry Rengstorff, his impact on the development of early Mountain View and general knowledge of the 19th century. The museum’s exhibits and artifacts are based on research, historical interpretation and curation led by Friends of “R” House, Rengstorff House’s longtime support organization and a collaborator in the “Rengstorff House Returns!” series. The remaining events:

• 12:30-3 p.m. Saturday: House tours

• 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 25: Family Fun in the Garden

To register for the free events, visit bit.ly/rengstorff-house-returns.

In October, the museum is scheduled to reopen with docent-led tours 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Volunteer opportunities

According to Tom McMahon, president of Friends of “R” House, the organization needs volunteers “with a passion for local history who can help us bring the past to life for new generations.”

“With the 30th anniversary, many years of volunteers’ time have been given to restore Rengstorff House and teach the public about it to continue this legacy,” he said.

Volunteer opportunities include the House Docent Program, which will assist with the October reopening. For more information, call Kristina Perino at 903-6073 or email Kristina.Perino@mountainview.gov.

The Friends of “R” House also has opportunities to support Rengstorff House either in public-facing or behind-the-scenes roles, including assisting with educational programs, outreach initiatives, social media and events. For more information, email Yaritza Rodriguez at outreach@friendsofrhouse.org.