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Marion Mulvany Holt Residence – Part II

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.

Posted on Thursday, December 17th, 2009
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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.

Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
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