Belmont History Quiz: What Do YOU Know About This Historic Landmark?

Test your knowledge of Belmont history in this week's quiz--you may just win a prize.


Tell us the answers in the comment section below:  

  • What is the name of the pictured estate?
  • Approximately what year was this photo taken?
  • What is the vantage point from which this photo was taken?
  • What can you tell us about the building (number of rooms, when built, etc.)
  • How did the owner, Mr. Ralston die?  What year?
  • What U.S. presidents visited the estate?
  • Looking past the small building to the bay, what was the name of the smaller hill? And what did this area eventually become?
  • Looking down the canyon on the right side where the small building is, what is this known as today?
  • What unique designation does this building have that other buildings in Belmont do not have?

Special thanks to Belmont historian Denny Lawhern for his immaculate record keeping and his dedication to the historic preservation of our town.

The winner will be announced Friday.

Terri Cook March 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM
actually the hill used to exist. Can't remember the name of it off the top of my head.
Steve Hayes March 14, 2012 at 11:35 PM
If the hill was there- was it used to fill in the Harbor area? or Foster City?
Joan S. Dentler March 15, 2012 at 12:58 AM
From Denny Lawhern, regarding the comment about whether this is from a photo or a painting: "Our black and white digital photo was unmarked when we got it about 12 years ago. I did a followup on Steve Hayes comment about this being a painting. The original was oil on canvas painting by George Frost 1843-1907 and was painted in 1874 . The original is color and is located at California Historical Society in San Francisco and is a real great color painting. Got to give bonus points to Steve for that :) "
Steve Hayes March 15, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I noticed that also and the fact that Redwood Shores is missing entirely. I would like to see the entire community without any of the eucalyptus trees- at least in places like Twin Pines and Notre Dame it would certainly open the areas up.
Senta March 31, 2012 at 03:29 AM
wow Belmont was completely gorgeous! reminds me of the Gavilan hills right under Gilroy. it's a shame they flattened that cute little hill in the distance, probably right where 101 runs through today. if i had been alive back then i would have been kicking and screaming through all the "progress" and i can't help thinking how the sun must have looked on those hills in the springtime.


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