Fremont Older House
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Once a year, tours of Fremont and Cora Older’s historic home are offered by advance reservation.

  • Reservations will be accepted online beginning Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00 am.
  • There are nine (9) tours scheduled throughout the day; participants meet at an offsite location and are shuttled to the event site.
  • Each tour will take about 1 ½ -2 hours including shuttle time.
  • The tour is not suitable for mobility impaired participants or children under the age of 12. Unfortunately, the tour is not wheelchair accessible.

TOURS ARE FULL/WAITLIST IS ALSO NOW FULL (at this time we do not anticipate additional turnover to our confirmed participant list and/or current waitlist)

History

In 1914, Fremont Older, an unconventional local newspaper editor and his wife Cora, an author and historian, moved into their "Woodhills" home. Designed and built by architect Frank Delos Wolfe, the home was quite unusual for the time. The Olders hosted many literary, artistic, and political guests during their years in the home. In 1975, the District purchased the property and the house was scheduled for demolition. Mort and Elaine Levine, local newspaper publishers, wanted to see the journalistic legacy of Fremont Older and "Woodhills" preserved. The District Board voted and approved a long-term lease with the Levines who absorbed the cost of the home’s restoration, which was completed in 1979. The Levines still live at "Woodhills."

Preserving Woodhills

Produced by Midpeninsula Media Center, May 2011

This video is posted here in its short form.

The full length version is available to the public at the following locations:
• Oral History and Community Memory Archive, CSU Monterey Bay • California History Center, De Anza College • Saratoga Historical Foundation • Cupertino Historical Society • California Room, San Jose State University Library