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San Ramon in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Glass House 1932 - 1998

Forest Home Farms Historic Park

— Celebrate San Ramon's History —

 
 
The Glass House 1932 - 1998 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 9, 2022
1. The Glass House 1932 - 1998 Marker
Inscription.  In 1932 The Glass House was purchased by Pierre and Gracieuse Elissondo along with 103 acres from the estate of Loretta Glass, the last Glass family member to occupy the house. The Elissondos raised their own two children as well as many foster children at the home. Pete and Grace, as they were known, also opened a restaurant inside the Glass House, The Farmhouse Inn, which operated from 1932-1938. The dining room had a formal bar with a brass rail, and a piano was in an alcove in the southeast corner. The piano is now displayed in the museum. The wooden sign from the restaurant currently hangs on the wall of building 16 at Forest Home Farms.

In 1948 the Elissondos moved out of the Victorian home and maintained the house as a rental. After the death of their parents, Clement and Elaine became the acting landlords. Over the years, the house was leased to a series of tenants and saw many uses including a rest home, a Montessori school, a real estate office, and office space for numerous professionals. The Elissondo family owned and preserved the Glass House for 66 years. In 1998 the property was sold and was eventually acquired by the
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Pierre and Gracieuse were immigrants from the Basque Region of southwest France. They had two children, Clement, born in France, and Elaine who was born a year and a half after they moved into the house, on October 9, 1933. She would be the only child born in the Glass House.

Forest Home Farm Historic Park is on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources

The City of San Ramon encourages our residents to enjoy this beautiful park in celebration of our historic past. By acquiring, protecting and maintaining this valuable parkland, the City of San Ramon is preserving for current and future generations natural places where people and other living things can thrive.
 
Erected by City of San Ramon.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1932.
 
Location. 37° 44.053′ N, 121° 56.985′ W. Marker is in San Ramon, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from San Ramon Valley Boulevard. The resin marker is mounted to a metal stand in the front yard, to the left of the front door. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21103 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, San Ramon CA 94583, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 9, 2022
2. National Register of Historic Places Plaque
of this marker. The Glass House (here, next to this marker); Harnessing the Wind (within shouting distance of this marker); Clement Pierre Elissondo (within shouting distance of this marker); The Boone House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First People of the East Bay (about 500 feet away); Bounty of the Land (about 500 feet away); Sunrise to Sunset (about 500 feet away); Forest Home Farms Historic Park (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Ramon.
 
Original Restaurant Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 9, 2022
3. Original Restaurant Sign
The Glass House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 9, 2022
4. The Glass House
The Glass House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 9, 2022
5. The Glass House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 12, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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Jul. 23, 2024