View of the house from the gardens

photo by: Ron Blunt

Historic Sites


  • Constructed: 1915-1917
  • Architect: Willis Polk
  • Location: Woodside, California

Designed by California architect Willis Polk, this Georgian Revival mansion surrounded by 16 acres of formal gardens and over 600 acres of woods was built for William B. Bourn II. Its reflecting pools, formal gardens, arbors, and shady walks were all planned to blend harmoniously with the nearby San Andreas hills. The spectacular grounds present a hallmark of garden landscape design, breathtaking in scale and displaying the diversity of California flora.

“Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.”

Credo of Mr. Bourn

Located 30 miles outside of San Francisco, Filoli is recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Visitors can explore the historic house and English Renaissance garden at their leisure.

Filoli is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated by the Filoli Center.

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Discounted admission for regular public tours: one adult for individual Members; two adults and all children under 18 years of age in the immediate family for all other Members. Discount does not apply to other programs and cannot be combined with other offers.

To receive discount, valid membership card must be presented at time of visit. Please contact site directly to ensure that discount is available on date of planned visit and for specific tour desired.

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