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Linden Towers, the ostentatious home of James C. Flood in what is now the Atherton neighborhood of Lindenwood, was completed in 1880 and at the time was the Peninsula's largest and most lavish mansion. It was nearly seven stories high, with a 150-foot tower and was the centerpiece of Mr. Flood's 600-acre estate on the east side of Middlefield Road in Atherton. Photo courtesy of the Menlo Park Historical Association.

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Posted by Interested Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jun 20, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Just a question for anyone: I see in the photo some very large black urns. There is also currently one that looks similar in the Lindenwood neighborhood, that divides two streets. Is that the same one, or type, that was used at this estate? Is there anything left of this estate? Foundation? Outlying buildings etc.? This is an amazing property!

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Posted by history detective
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Some very selfish ex-residents of Lindenwood sued the town for the right to remove two of these urns off of the Flood estate. They are now located on Park Lane in Atherton behind the litigants new home. Their removal has caused the urns to now have no historic vaue, they are just fine old urns. This has been a sad loss for the town, for Lindenwood and for even the importance of the urns themselves. Really short sighted.
"Interested citizen" will find lots and lots of information about the estate at both the Atherton Heritage Room and the Menlo Park Historical Society both of which are located in or very near their respective libraries. Contact Marion Oster (Atherton)or Frank Helfrich (Menlo Park)

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Posted by Interested Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jun 21, 2010 at 11:57 am

So, the big black urn that separates those two streets (sorry I don't know the name of the streets) are NOT from the Flood estate?

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Posted by detective
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I believe the urn that you are likely referring to IS original to the Flood estate. Don't know about any fakes having been placed.

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