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See the Crest of vintage architecture -- just as Jane Peters did



Yes, she did -- and the future Carole Lombard is shown in 1919, at age 10 or possibly 11 and probably already movie-mad at the time. (Her first actual work as a film actress wouldn't come for another two years.) But this wasn't taken in Hollywood, nor anywhere within the city limits of Los Angeles; it's east of town, in Redlands, where Jane Alice Peters was meeting relatives.

Her aunt, not shown in the photo, was Mrs. J. Alfred Kimberly, a fellow midwesterner (Wisconsin, in this case) who also fell under the spell of southern California. In 1905, she and her husband moved west after wintering there for several years, purchasing a house built eight years earlier that for all intents and purposes was a Victorian castle. (Mr. Kimberly could afford it -- he was founder of the Kimberly-Clark paper company, makers of Kleenex tissues, paper towels, napkins and other items.)



The Kimberly Crest house and gardens remains an architectural and aesthetic marvel, nearly a century after Jane trod the grounds. And this time of year, with the holidays on the horizon, might be the best time to visit it.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, it hosts its annual open house and tour. For $20, see vintage decorations while sampling hors d'oeuvres and champagne. You can find out more and order tickets by phoning 909-729-2111 or visiting http://kimberlycrest.org/.

One week later, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Kimberly Crest will hold its Christmas tree lighting ceremony. If you go, expect the place to look something like this:



Kimberly Crest also is used for weddings and other private functions, and it's easy to see why.

For those who think southern California has little more than suburban residential tracts and such, Redlands provides a wonderful retort. Founded in 1888, it's preserved plenty of its heritage homes, in styles that range from Victorian to Mission to the classic California bungalow. For more about what this city has to offer tourists, visit http://www.desertsun.com/story/travel/advice/kathy-strong/2015/11/14/redlands-kathy-strong-going-way-travel/75675710/.
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