Marion Mulvany Holt Residence: Part I

Last weekend, many of the objects in the home of the late Marion Mulvany Holt were up for sale at her former residence at 2927 Gibbons Drive at Northwood.

It was an amazing affair, as residents from around the Island and curious visitors toured the 1928 Spanish Revival home that had at least 10 rooms and had been occupied by the same family for 80 years.

While Marion was the philanthropist, her father — John Jacob Mulvany — had been a very successful banker. And some community members say he was one of the driving forces in getting the naval base at Alameda Point. He also invited prominent Republicans, such as former President Richard Nixon, to visit.

There is so much history in the place; you can feel it — and see it.

The details in the home are stunning, like this decorative ceiling in the main living/greeting area upstairs, where much of Holt’s jewelry and special items were sold — like old silver-plated lighters and real metal matchboxes from the ’30s and ’40s.

Upstairs, there were many historic lighting fixtures and many of Holt’s party dresses and other clothing to browse through.

In Part II, more on the home and its history will be explored.

Janet Levaux