Back at 2927 Gibbons, the tour continues with a few more glimpses of one of several columns that visitors admired during the estate sale held December 11-13 in the former residence of Marion Mulvany Holt and other fun details.
The home’s Spanish feel is strong, but so is the sense that you are in a castle of sorts as you walk down small staircases to the historic ballroom or upstairs to the bedrooms.
In the ballroom or basement area, visitors were treated to lots of objects that the X- and Y- generations of today would consider pre-historic: a dictaphone, record player and such. Many individuals checking out the dictaphone did not realize that this ancient device was the predecessor to today’s tape recorder (digital or otherwise).
And upstairs, the home’s popular reindeer dominated the Christmas decorations. Apparently some years ago one of the deer was taken, creating quite a stir around town — but it was returned, after lots of publicity (and probably a few jokes); proving just how many ways the holiday spirit can be experienced in Alameda.
And for more images and thoughts on the Mulvany Holt home, see Therese Long’s blog; many thanks for her tip that I pay the historic property and its contents a visit.