SMCHA Capital Campaign
The Taube Family Carriage House and Automobile Gallery
When Mrs. Lurline Matson Roth deeded the Filoli property to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1975, her collection of Brewster carriages was not included. Mrs. Roth’s historic vehicles—and many more from other prominent, local families—were entrusted to the San Mateo County History Museum and have been stored in a climate-controlled facility for the last 40 years.
It’s time to make these cultural treasures accessible to everyone in a beautiful, new community venue in downtown Redwood City.
The 15,000 sq. ft., three-level Taube Family Carriage House and Automobile Gallery will be named for keystone donor Tad Taube. Glass walls and nighttime lighting will allow the public to gaze in and enjoy the displays at any time. The unique rooftop terrace and ground floor courtyard will host events and enable summertime Museum camps for children.
All donors of $5,000 or more to the Carriage House Campaign will be honored permanently on a plaque within the Taube Family Carriage House and on the Donor Recognition Wall at the entrance of the San Mateo County History Museum.
The Kopf Family Automobile Gallery on the ground floor will feature rotating exhibits from community enthusiasts sharing their classic vehicles.
All naming opportunities on the ground floor have been taken.
Prized collection of 10 historic carriages made by Brewster, America’s top manufacturer in the mid-19th century. Each carriage will be elegantly displayed with the Museum’s textile collection and ladies’ gowns of the era, reflected in Victorian mirrors from the Peninsula’s great estates period.
In the Interactive Corner, children will be able to sit in a two-bench buggy and discover what it was like to drive a horse-drawn vehicle.
A glass-enclosed Carriage Conservation Corner will allow visitors to watch as carriages are restored and maintained.
- First Floor Carriage Gallery: $1,000,000
- Brewster Changing Exhibit: $250,000
- Brewster Bays (Carriage Areas): $200,000
- Mirrors: $100,000
- Carriage Conservation Corner: $50,000 to preserve a Brewster Carriage in perpetuity
Beautiful, open space with catering areas will be available to rent for conferences, receptions and gatherings of up to 300 persons and used for Museum events.
All naming opportunities taken.