Mountain View in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
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.
In 1864, Rengstorff bought the 164 acres of land, which are now part of Shoreline Business Park, located a quarter mile north of Bayshore Freeway on Shoreline Boulevard. There he built the Rengstorff House.
He met and married Christine Hassler, also a native of Germany. The Rengstorff home reverberated with the sounds of their
Near where the house stands today, Rengstorff built a ship landing and warehouse. Rengstorff Landing played a significant role in the economic development of Mountain View and the passengers and prospering farmers’ lumber and grains from his landing. Returning ships brought hardware and supplies for the growing region.
In 1979, the house was purchased by the City of Mountain View for $1.00 and moved to unused property at Shoreline. The next move was to its present site in 1986, but it was not until 1990 that the contract for its restoration was awarded. The restoration architects were Page & Turnbull and the general contractor was Mayta & Jensen, Inc. Total cost of the restoration was just over $1,250,000. On a windy March 2, 1991, Mountain View’s oldest house, a fine example of Victorian Italianate architecture, was officially dedicated and opened for the public to view.
The house has 12 rooms, 3955 square feet. There is a marble fireplace in each of the four front parlors and a larger fireplace with a wooden mantel in the dining room. The downstairs rooms are
Location. 37° 25.893′ N, 122° 5.235′ W. Marker is in Mountain View, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from North Shoreline Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3070 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View CA 94043, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Spirit of the Times (within shouting distance of this marker); First Commercially Practicable Integrated Circuit (approx. 1.1 miles away); Semiconductor Planar Process and Integrated Circuit, 1959 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Computer History Museum (approx. 1.3 miles away); Shakey: The World's First Mobile Intelligent Robot, 1972 (approx. 1.3 miles away); El Palo Nuevo (approx. 1.7 miles away); J. Pearce Mitchell Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mariano Castro Adobe (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mountain View.
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