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Tour and Happy Hour and Dinner at the Bard Mansion

  • Mar 16, 2013 · 4:30 PM
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Please Note: I am co-hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate. You MUST prepay for this event (follow instructions below) before you RSVP 'Yes' for this event. When you arrive at the mansion, call/text me at:[masked]

Seating is limited and we expect to fill up in short order, so don't hesitate in sending in your payments.

The cost per person is $35, which includes dinner and a tour.

I have noticed if you use Chrome or Firefox, instead of Explorer, the links to their online forms won't work.

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We will be entering a military base to access the mansion, so you must fill out, scan and email back this form (read the instructions carefully):


From their website:

The Friends of the Bard Mansion has scheduled another superb Evening at the Mansion, and you are invited! It is on Saturday, March 16th and Happy Hour begins at 5:30 pm.

Our Keynote Speaker is Ms. Julie Holder. Ms Holder is a graduate from San Francisco State with a Degree in Museum Curating and is currently the Director of the Rincon Reservation Museum in San Diego County. She will present a fascinating Power Point presentation with many rarely seen photos and discuss Senator Bard’s efforts to protect Native American rights. This is a must see presentation!

Following a fantastic Dinner and the Keynote Speaker, we are thrilled that the renowned Blues/Rock guitarist Theresa Russell will “Rock the Big House”. Theresa made the top 8 and was a National Finalist in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Lead Guitar Competition! So bring your dancing shoes and get ready to Rock & Roll!

Go to and make your reservation. Don’t forget to print out the Security Form (if you don’t have Base access) and mail it in or you wont be able to get on the Base.

I look forward to seeing you there! We will be providing Docent guided tours of the Mansion too, so bring your camera and meet in the lobby at 4:30 if you want to go on the tour.

Built in[masked], the Bard House was the third home on the same site for Bard and his family. The two preceeding homes were as distinct as their present day successor. The first was a one-story, two bedroom house built in 1876 which boasted a zinc-lined bathtub and the only indoor plumbing in the area. In 1890 this original home was enlarged and served as the gound floor of a new three story home with a gravity water supply. In 1911 the second home was torn down in order to clear the site for the construcion of the present Thomas R. Bard House. Much of the lumber from the second house was reused in building the new mansion and it can be easily be identified in the attic. The Thomas R. Bard House is a handsome example of a Renaissance style building. The only ornate additions to the relatively simple, pleasing lines of this house are the classical columns and beautiful stonework which grace the entrances and porches. The order of the columns on the first level is Tuscan and on the second is Ionic. The cornice is also Ionic. Several other features, however, such as sweeping windows adorned with attractive wrought iron railing and a red, mission tile roof, add a Spanish influence to the entire structure. The building was designed by the well-known architect, Mr. Myron Hunt, of Los Angeles and Pasadena. The equally beautiful interior is evidence of family pride and a personal touch in the construction of the new mansion. The floor plans were prepared by Mr. Reginald C. Shand, who later became a member of the family when he married Miss Elizabeth Bard. Exquisite wood paneling, many fireplaces, and extremely high ceiling (12'6"), doors (9'6") are found throughout the building. Other characteristics are a floor area of 17,408 square feet, a volume of 245,539 cubic feet, reinforced concrete vaults, 12 bedrooms, 7 full baths, and four 1/2 baths. Each room bears a distinct name those names are enscribed on the original architect's drawings. For instance, the principal rooms were disignated as Senator Bard's Room, Senator Bard's Bedroom, Mrs. Bard's Room, Miss Malden's Room, Miss Elizabeth's Room, Miss Anna's Room, Miss Beryl's Room, and the Glass Room.

The United States Navy acquired the property in 1944 as a home for the newly formed Seabees. Today the Thomas R. Bard House is used by the Naval Base Ventura County (formerly known as the United States Naval Construction Battalion Center) as a conference center.

For more info on the Bard Mansion, check out their website:

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  • Joe S.

    I'm sure Robert will arrange a carpool, so let's await his response on where and when to meet the group; most likely a day or two prior to the event.

    February 27, 2013

  • cathy u

    Paid on-line, will send security info tomorrow. Joe, would you like to carpool as I live in Eagle Rock?

    February 27, 2013

  • Chrissy

    Mailing in my form tomorrow.

    February 8, 2013

  • Joe S.

    I sent in the application form with payment and security clearance form and I am awaiting confirmation.

    February 7, 2013

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