Kimberly Crest House and Gardens
Location: 1325 Prospect Park
Hours of Operation: Thursday Friday and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00
Tours start at 1 with the last one at 3:30 and last approximately 45 minutes.
Built in 1897, the "castle" is a magnificent example of lavish Victorian architecture. In 1963 Kimberly Crest was donated to the city of Redlands.
Location: 190 Terracina Blvd
This beautiful Victorian home has been dubbed "America's Favorite Victorian House" and has appeared in countless commercials, television shows, and movies. David Morey arrived in Redlands in 1882 to retire from carpentry and shipbuilding. His wife Sarah fronted the money for the house, and his building expertise is apparent throughout the Queen Anne-style Victorian. Actress Carole Lombard, a relative of Mrs. Helen Kimberly, is reported to have spent time at the Morey house, and one of the rooms is called "The Lombard Room."
Asistencia Mission de San Gabriel
Location: 26930 Barton Road
Hours of Operation: Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The Asistencia Mission de San Gabriel (or Estancia) is operated by the San Bernardino County Museum and is well worth a visit. It was built between 1830 and 1834 by the Franciscan Fathers of Mission San Gabriel, whose enormous land holdings stretched from Pasadena to Redlands. The County of San Bernardino and several other groups have been instrumental in restoring the Asistencia. The restored structures house a wedding chapel, cactus garden, bell tower, wishing well, and a museum with exhibits that depict Native American and early pioneer life.
A.K. Smiley Public Library
Location: 125 West Vine Street
Hours of Operation: Mon-Tues 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wed-Thurs 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fri-Sat 9 a.m, to 5 p.m. Sun 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Unique in its architecture, A. K. Smiley Public Library is an official point of historical interest designated by the California Historical Landmarks Advisory Committee, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Still housed in its original building, the facility is noted for its research archives. Constructed in 1898, the library is the culmination of the philanthropy of hotelier Albert K. Smiley, who raised $60,000, much of it borrowed, to purchase the land and fund construction. One of the great philanthropic gifts to the City of Redlands, the Smiley Library is among California's oldest and most important public libraries.