News - September 22, 2010

Setting record straight on Folger Stable

The renovation of the Folger Stable in Woodside cost $3 million, not the $5 million stated in the Sept. 15 issue of The Almanac, and the project is a renovation, not a restoration, said fundraising co-chairs Susan Lang and Jill Daly in an e-mail.

While two press releases for the project refer five times to the project as a restoration, it is a renovation, Ms. Lang and Ms. Daly said in a note to set the record straight.

For one thing, Ms. Lang said in a phone interview, the project did not undergo a historic structural review. "A lot of people have called it (a restoration) and they were all incorrect," she said. "We have said ad nauseam to them not to use 'restoration.'"

Finally, The Almanac story did not note the role of the Wunderlich family in the stable's history. Martin Wunderlich bought the 974-acre property that included the stable from coffee magnate James Folger II in 1956 and donated the property to San Mateo County in 1974, Ms. Lang said.

Advocates for the Folger Stable are now engaged in raising $1 million to create "The Bill and Jean Lane Endowment Fund," Ms. Lang said. The effort has reaped $850,000 so far and the group is looking for donors to help achieve the goal.


Posted by Moki, a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 22, 2010 at 1:09 am

How much more money do they need?

Posted by R.GORDON, a resident of another community
on Sep 22, 2010 at 8:25 am

R.GORDON is a registered user.

Isn't the real reason for restoration to "cement" the grounds and declare it as a HISTORICAL SITE so that no future building on the grounds ever be possible?
A thin disguise for more fear of having "outsiders" enter the domain.
Compared to the Steven Jobs fiasco in Woodside, this is being done with a some smarts.
Still, the motives are way too premature and, at the same time, very clear.
I suggest you call in an expert in demographics from an outside area like Connecticut or Middleburg,VA...

Posted by David Boyce, Almanac staff writer
on Sep 22, 2010 at 9:46 am

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The Folger Stable is registered as a national historic structure and has been for about seven years, according to sources connected with the stable renovation.

Posted by David Boyce, Almanac staff writer
on Sep 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm

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The group raising money for an endowment fund for the stable has a goal of $1 million, and they are $850,000 toward that goal, according to fundraising committee co-chair Susan Lang.

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