7160 W. Kearney Blvd., Fresno, CA, USA
Kearney Mansion Fresno Reviews
A step back to around 1900 luxury in Fresno. Nov 11, 2011
The Kearney Mansion, is located on what is now Kearney Park, a 225 acre parcel located several miles west of downtown Fresno. In the fourteen years beginning in 1892 this plot of land went from barren land into one of the most beautiful parks in the United States. At the turn of the century the park may have contained more species of trees, vines, shrubs and roses than any equal area. The San Francisco Chronicle called it the "most beautiful park on the West Coast."
There are two buildings, a residence and a servants' quarters. The two buildings are designed in the French Renaissance style. Both buildings have a basic rectangular form with walls of two-foot-thick adobe brick, covered with a thin coat of plaster for waterproofing. The thickness of the walls helped keep the interior cooler in the summer heat. The very basic structures are topped off by a very sophisticated roof structure, greatly influenced by the several Chateaus. The two buildings were a small part of the larger “Chateau Fresno” which Kearney had intended to build. These were completed in 1903 and served as his home while architects worked on the much grander chateau which would have been his home. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1906, prior to the building of the main building.
Today, the mansion operated by the Fresno City and County Historic Society as a museum, exhibits 50 percent of the original furnishings, including wallpapers and art nouveau light fixtures. Historic replicas of carpets and other wallpapers have been used where original fabric has been lost. The servants' quarters houses the museum store.
Tours can be taken during weekends only at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm during the summer months. No photography is allowed inside.
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