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  • Complete Open House Guide, page 8

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FULL WEEK AT FILOLI . . . Kicking off National Preservation Week (May 3-9), Filoli will present a slide lecture on “Preserving Architectural Her- itage: Cherished Beauties of the Peninsula” on Wednesday, May 5, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., which will fo- cus on the Allied Arts Guild, San Mateo County Courthouse and three historic homes in Los Altos. Tickets, which include lunch, are $50 for members of the sponsoring organizations (Filoli, Museum of American Heritage, Los Altos Histo- ry Museum and San Mateo Histori- cal Association) or $60 for general public. Its annual Flower Show, Pre- serving Beauty, opens with a recep- tion on Thursday, May 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. ($50). The flower show will be Friday, May 7, through Sunday, May 9, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (adults $15, children 2-12, $1, under 2, free), with special afternoon teas on May 7 and 8 at noon or 1:30 p.m. (adults $35, children $21, general admission included). On Sunday, boxed lunches are available for $18 (general admission not included). The traditional Mother’s Day Cham- pagne Brunch is sold out. For reser- vations or information, call (650) 364-8300, ext. 508, or visit www.filoli.org/calendar/registra- tion.pdf.

STROLL AROUND TREES . . . Dave Muffly will lead a Sunset Tree Walk around the Barron Park neighbor- hood on Sunday, May 2. Meet at the corner of La Donna Street and Los Robles Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Tree walks are sponsored by Canopy: Trees for Palo Alto, which works to educate residents about stewarding trees. For information, call Jana at (650) 964-6110.

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Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improve- ment and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or e-mail cblitzer@paweekly.com. Deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m.

Midpeninsula Home & Real Estate is published every Friday by the Palo Alto Weekly and the Al- manac, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, 326-8210. It circulates by mail to 57,000 homes from Woodside to Los Altos, as well as through local real estate offices.




Friday, April 30, 2004

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Now and

Los Altos home tour contrasts vintage and newer homes


V i s i o n : T h a t s w h a t B a r - b a r a a n d G u i d o v a n T h i l - l o d e m o n s t r a t e d 1 0 y e a r s b y C a r o l B l i t z e r ago when they saw beyond the “Faulty Towers” aspects of the crumbling Craftsman house with an overgrown yard.

Their vision will be on display Saturday, May 8, as one of six homes on the Los Altos History Museum’s third annual Spring Home and Garden Tour.

Back in 1994, when they bought the large property, Barbara van Thillo said the house “was in huge disrepair.” But, they could still see the charming, Craftsman features, including a beveled mir- ror and built-in bench in the en- try, leaded-glass cabinet fronts in the living and dining rooms, orig- inal glass knobs, and sliding glass-paned doors separating liv- ing and dining rooms.

The first thing they had to do was update all the electrical and plumbing. Even the hardwood floors needed replacing, but they kept the new floors in the style of the home, with a dark inset bor- der. Throughout the home you can see the original wavy glass, both in windows and mirrors. Only the broken panes were re- placed.

Upstairs, they rebuilt the bal- cony overhanging the front porch, adding matching spindles to match the railing below.

A highlight of the van Thillo home is the parterre garden, with paths winding between formal beds of roses, lavenders, gerbera and verbena, with Japanese boxwood hedges.

Don Feria

Instead of gutting the kitchen, the van Thillos kept much of the original feel, if not the old appli- ances. The counter is tiled in white with black trim, and the floor is a linoleum patterned to re- semble black-and-white tile. They didn’t throw down walls to en- large the room; instead they’ve kept the refrigerator in the adjoin- ing sun room, which also func- tions as a laundry room.

A newly built deck takes you out to the real visual treat: the gar-

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