Rengstorff House

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Henry A. Rengstorff House
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The Rengstorff House
Rengstorff House is located in California
Rengstorff House
Location 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, California
Coordinates 37°25′53.24″N 122°5′13.56″W / 37.4314556°N 122.0871000°W / 37.4314556; -122.0871000Coordinates: 37°25′53.24″N 122°5′13.56″W / 37.4314556°N 122.0871000°W / 37.4314556; -122.0871000
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Architectural style Italianate[1]
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 78000778[1]
Added to NRHP June 13, 1978

The Rengstorff House was one of the first houses to be built in Mountain View, California. It was built circa 1867 by Henry Rengstorff, a prominent local businessman who operated a ferry between San Francisco and Mountain View. It is in the Italianate Victorian architecture style. The house's three-bay front facade features an entrance pavilion topped by a balustrade and a pediment on the middle bay.[2]

The house was located about a mile from the present location at Shoreline Park. It was saved from destruction in the 1970s, but remained abandoned for many years, until the 1980s when the house was finally restored. There are stories of Hells Angels driving their motorcycles up and down the dilapidated staircase.

The house is open for guided tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays. Docents in period costume talk about the antique Victorian furnishings and decorative details. The English gardens are open during public hours. The museum hosts many Victorian events throughout the year.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Alsman, Ken; Sarnat, Marlene; Butler, Phyllis; Lyon, Emily; Carlson, John (December 28, 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Henry A. Rengstorff House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved September 1, 2014.  Accompanied by photos.

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