Stanford University boasts the largest collection of Rodin works outside of Paris, and I am not sure if that is true, but they have a lot of Rodin pieces. Many of them are casts, but it is neat to see them. You can see several inside the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts. This small museum has a cast of Rodin's famous "The Thinker" and several other Rodin pieces. It also has stuff from Asia, Oceania, Africa, The Americas, the Ancient Mediterranean, and and Europe. They also have a couple rooms of Contemporary Art. They also have a changing exhibit. While I was there, they had a black and white portrait exhibit. I cannot remember the name of the photographer, but it was beautiful. Outside of the museum is the sculpture garden. They have twenty bronzes including The Gates of Hell. The Museum is usually open during normal business hours, except for Thursday when they are open until 8PM. It is free to go into the Museum. The Sculture Garden is always free and always open, they have lights for nightime viewing. Between the hours of 6AM-4PM, you have to pay for parking...but after 4PM parking is free.
Villa Montalvo located in the hills of Saratoga, CA was once a working ranch, then a 19-room mansion, now it is a Historic Park. They hold concerts and other performin arts in the evening. During the day, you can walk the beautiful grounds and trails. It is free to hike and park during the day. There are several trails that you can hike that look upon different things. The lookout trail ends at lookout point which provides a beautiful view of the South Bay. From the top you can see Downtown San Jose, Moffet Field, the top of the tents at Shoreline Amphitheatre, and other beautiful South Bay landscapes. The other trails are nice too, some are steep, so be prepared to be walking up and down hills. When you look at the map, the trails look longer than they actually are, so you can actually walk the entire thing in pretty good time. The trails are well marked. There is a lot to see on the trail itself. You walk amongst beautiful redwood trees. Although it was dry when I was there, there looked to be a little waterfall and small river. There are a couple of bridges that are neat as well. Right outside the villa, there is an Arboretum which has trees from all over the world. That is worth a peak as well.
Agnews Insane Asylum (Boundary Increase) **
(added 1998 - Santa Clara County - #98001229)
Also known as Agnews State Hospital;Agnews Developmental Center;See Also:A
4000 Lafayette St., Santa Clara
(3310 acres, 6 buildings)
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Person, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: California State Architect
Architectural Style: Mission/Spanish Revival
Historic Person: Stocking, Leonard, et al.
Area of Significance: Social History, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Health/Medicine
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949
Historic Function: Health Care
Historic Sub-function: Hospital, Sanatorium
Current Function: Health Care
The asylum is still in function but the historical buildings have been converted into a SUN microsystem ofice complex
Link for the new asylum is at:
AGNEWS CLOSURE PLAN (Bay Area Project):
The 2003-04 Governor's Budget directs the Department to develop a plan to close Agnews Developmental Center by July 2005. The closure plan will be developed with input from an Advisory Committee consisting of consumers currently and formerly living at Agnews, their families, employees of Agnews, regional centers, advocates, and others. Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4474.1 provides direction to the Department on much of what has to occur in the development of the plan, what issues the plan must address, the time lines for submitting the plan to the Legislature for consideration and prohibits the Department from implementing the plan without Legislative approval.
Hidden Villa (www.hiddenvilla.org) is a working organic farm located at 26870 Moody Rd. in Los Altos, CA. There are tours given around their organic garden (which produces enough food for the entire year!!), visit with their farm animals (sheep, cows, pigs, goats, farm cat, & other uncaught vermin), hike through their 16 miles of open trails, stay at their youth hostel (closed summer months) and visit their educational center where you can learn about "Green Building" and other alternative building techniques that help the environment. It is such a nice change from the mass-consumerism mentality to visit a place that is doing a great job conserving our natural resources.
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