Wednesday Nov 17 2010
Have a grand time on this year's Holiday Home Tour
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
Three-story Victorian mansion a highlight
A grand Victorian mansion, hidden away in rural Loomis, will open its doors to the pub-lic for just one day during the Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour. The three-story, 7,100-square-foot local treasure will be showcased in holiday décor dur-ing the tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11. The home tour is sponsored by the Loomis Basin Education Foundation and benefits the students of the Loomis Union School District. Four other local homes will also be featured on the tour, including a farm estate, a mod-ern-day castle, a country home and a Santa Barbara-inspired villa. Daniel and Glenna Haley have lovingly restored the Victorian, a 19-room, Queen Anne style home, to its original splendor. The couple and their two children, Steven Schneider, 41, and Chelsea, 37, labored on the home for nearly 15 years. Glenna Haley is an accountant and her husband, Daniel, is a certified public accountant. They own Haley and Company, LLP, a CPA firm in Roseville. According to history accounts, William Courtland Pendleton, a Loomis pharmacist, built the home in 1904. The turreted mansion sits on a ridge off Val Verde Road and was once part of a one-square mile parcel, according to Glenna Haley. Information given to the Haleys indicates that Pendleton may have been a “remittance man,” from a prominent English family who was sent to live abroad, either in disgrace or because he wasn’t a first-born son. Remittance men continued to receive money from England and often replicated their lavish lifestyle in their new homelands. Haley said the palatial home at one time commanded a 360-degree view before nearby trees grew taller and screened it from public view. The home still boasts a spacious wrap-around porch, turrets, a covered carriage entrance, balconies, large kitchen, seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, butler’s pantry, parlor, game room and living room. The rooms are tastefully decorated in a traditional style and are filled with antiques. The estate sits on three landscaped acres and includes a pool, tennis courts, gazebo and pasture. When the Haleys bought the home in 1976, it had been through various owners and in the 1960s stood vacant for six months. During that time the home was vandalized. The late Vivian Rasmussen, a longtime Loomis resident, wrote in a historical account of the home, “Anything of value was removed from the interior; all that remained was a shamble.” Haley said her family devoted themselves and their finances to restoring the home and took the walls down to the studs because the lath and plaster construction was failing. They were able to redo plumbing, electrical and insulation. Haley said they used dedicated craftsmen to replicate destroyed or stolen pieces of the interior. She said her family lived in the house while the renovation took place, some-thing she would not recommend. “Ten years into it we had second thoughts. We didn’t want to cut corners on the renova-tion and had set a high standard for the work we had done, but we were tired of living in construction,” Haley said. Haley said they considered abandoning the project and selling, but instead chose to finish and decorate the second floor so they could have some semblance of a normal life. Over the years, she said, all of their friends and extended family, and even their children’s friends, had a hand in the renovation. The finished product harkens back to a time when a few stately homes dotted the Loomis Basin. Holiday Home Tour tickets are available in Loomis at Blue Goose Produce, High Hand Nursery and the Flower Farm. For more information, visit lbef.net.