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Thanksgiving at the Los Gatos Tevis Estate in 1917

After the 1906 earthquake destroyed the mansion he had just purchased near Los Gatos, Dr. Harry L. Tevis built an even more impressive residence.

In early 1906, Dr. Harry L. Tevis purchased a vast estate just south of Los Gatos near the town of Alma from James C. Flood.

Tevis was a graduate of the University of California Medical School and an associate of Senator George Hearst in the firm of Haggin and Tevis.

On April 18, 1906, the 40-room mansion on the property suffered major earthquake damage and had to be demolished.

When Tevis rebuilt shortly thereafter, he incorporated sophisticated planting areas and irrigation systems for his prized dahlias and roses, a craftsman style stable for his Tennessee walking horses and a clubhouse for entertaining that also served as his library. 

In this 1917 photograph, the dining table in the clubhouse is lavishly set for a Thanksgiving feast.   

Tevis died in 1931 and in 1934 the Jesuits purchased the property and established Alma College. The clubhouse served as their chapel. 

Source: Hooked on Los Gatos, the Library and Museum History Project

Beatrice Karnes November 18, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Looks magical! A far cry from the paper plates that make modern meals easy for the hostess!
Jeanne Rajabzadeh November 18, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I would have loved to have been a guest, must have been amazing!
Phillip Salfen January 07, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Could be. However, I SERIOUSLY doubt that the "hostess", at this gathering, did anything but supervise the help.
a. austin January 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Fabulous! I would love to sit down to that conversation and feast!

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