Burlingame in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Kohls separated in 1916 leaving the estate in the hands of caretakers. On Mr. Kohl's death in 1921, the property was bequeathed to Marion Louderbach Lord who sold it to the Sisters of Marcy in 1924 for $230,000. The sisters used the house as motherhouse and novitiate until 1931 when they added a wing of four classrooms on the northeast side and opened Mercy High School. Another wing of 13 classrooms was added in 1956.
In 1982 a complete restoration of the mansion's exterior was begun, Kohl Mansion is now operated by the Sister's of Marcy as Mercy High School for Girls and as a site for community and private events.
Erected by Albert Shumate, M.D., California Historical Society.
Location. 37° 34.947′ N, 122° 22.991′ W. Marker is in Burlingame, California, in San Mateo County. Marker can be reached from Adeline Drive. Touch for map. Marker is located to the right of the entrance
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The San Andreas Fault (approx. 1½ miles away); First Camp After Discovery of San Francisco Bay (approx. 1.7 miles away); Anza Expedition Camp (approx. 2 miles away); Burlingame Railroad Station (approx. 2.1 miles away); Burlingame Train Station (approx. 2.1 miles away); Higurashi-en (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pacific City (approx. 3.1 miles away); Eugene A. Doran Memorial Bridge (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlingame.
Also see . . .
1. The Kohl Mansion. The Mercy High School website tells a short history of the mansion. (Submitted on December 16, 2009.)
2. The Local History of the Sisters of Mercy. (Submitted on December 16, 2009.)
1. C. F. and B. C. Kohl
Charles Frederick Kohl was raised in San Mateo. California. He was the son of Captain William Kohl of San Francisco. His father worked for the Alaska Commercial Company.
He married Bessie Elizabeth Godey daughter of Edward and Catherine W. Godey on October 7, 1903 in Washington D.C.
Freddie believed that the maid who shot him was still after him, and this fear led to his committing suicide in 1921. There are several stories as to how and where this happened. Of the many stories, one says he shot himself on a beach in San Francisco and another says he shot himself at the mansion.
After his death the mansion was given to whom is reported to be his mistress, Marion Louderback Lord, who sold it to the Sisters of Mercy in 1924. There are many tales and stories of Freddie still “residing” in the mansion and many sightings. These sightings have occurred even after priests performed exorcisms in the mansion.
— Submitted December 16, 2009.
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