Redlands Daily Facts Thurs., Feb. 6, 1964 — 11 A visit to Redlands' "House of Three Lives TRANSFORMED — At the top of the long extended steps on Crescent avenue, the Burrage mansion built in 1901, effortlessly adapted itself to its present life as the convent of the Missionary Sisters of the order of Our Lady of Victory. Its original Moorish architecture so closely resembled that of the early missions that bells in the tower and the lettering on the facade have given it the look of having been erected for its present use. The Nuns are greeting visitors at the front entrance. (All photos by Burian's Photo Center, Yucaipa) By RUTH SNOW O'ROURKE 'swimming pool — with roof — fruit more consciously, trying:what is now the "family room". (First of two articles) an(1 'he only polo field here, jno doubt to encourage the tirc-i The simple food requires no There is a house in Redlands; Tn c gardens were renowned|less struggle of the blue robedJFrench chef, that has had three lives. j an d open to visitors. jfigure who toils to make it pay; The menu is much the same Its first life began decades' A staff of servants, cooks.| which it never docs. t as that of any middle class ago ... a dazzling. opulent.; a "d gardeners kept it all pol- : Tractor and Toilers iAmerican family and abounds celebrated life during which its ished and manicured. \ Thc modcrn sound of a tractor ; in "hamburger" with ketchup- 3S rooms were peopled with the, Entertainment included billi., cIanks a , , hc „ indin roads famous and rich. (ards. tennis dancing. music.! of , he estatc A WQman drivM Its second life was sorrowful swimming and polo. , jt _ a woman dresscd in mjd . and lonely. Forsaken by those! In " s second life the Housej night blue (with white collar who loved it the house grew shabby and prideless. The local juveniles roasted weenies in the Italian fountain dominating the once-splendid inner court. The house is now living its third life Entertainment Wanes on t h e Hill held nothing bul! and cu ff s) ?l°?L^ d = r m °n? - F( T 3 i The walks are clean - the! The tennis court, most popu- time businessmen, organized as; r rarely with relish, it costs too much. The cook is robed in midnight blue and wears an apron as symbol of her task. Kcdland's famous Crescent the House on the Hill, avenue mansion built by thej New Ways For Old Boston millionaire. A. C. Bur-j Tne swimming pool is stillicollar and cuffs of white). Only rage in 1901. lived out its first;(here - in need of paint and glory, survived its abandon-; no | onger heated. The intricate mcnt, and is now restored as> p i p i ng svs tem was removed a convent for 16 blue-habited unwittingly when the Sisters nuns of thc Order of the Lady| started , 0 restorc (nc dwelling, of \ictory — or the Missionary Tnc roof of thc ^ is tnere Sisters. lar entertainment spot in the third life of the mansion, had to be abandoned. The backstop collapsed. After that, even the most tennis loving nuns heaved a sigh and quit. The billiard table just isn't. The roller skates the Sisters it isn't a "staff" as it sounds.[enjoyed for so long, are worn It is ONE habited figure. . .j out. the do-it-your-selfer called "Sis' The ping-pong table is on its tcr Elizabeth". She is t h c last legs. "maintenance man". j Only tether and volley ball are The bygone fragrance of per-1 available now to these women ,. , ... . .. . sweeper blue robed (with white the Monte Y.sta syndicate, „J and cuf hoped — in vain — to make Ui _ , a tourist hotel i Thc P««nber. the carpenter. Now there is a new vitality in!* 06 P, ain,er - cIectr i cian - ,he floor-layer, the maintenance "man" are all dressed in a long I habit of midnight blue (with It needs painting. fumes. Havana cigars, the elu- who work all day and still like Three Lives There is water in thc pool, sive essences of silks and bro-! their brief period of fun and out- When the clock struck twelve During the hot summer days, j cades have been replaced by a door frolic, on its first life, the house with-| t hc 16 Sisters swim in the chilli pristine airiness — clean and! During the long winter eve- drew into its shadows. Its scc-: wa ter and are glad that t h eivirginal. inings there is one hour set aside ond life held no promise of its pool still holds it. ! Men's voices create no echoes, survival. Then almost out of no-! The vast gracious gardens areMen rarely visit at this ivory where, twenty-odd years ago. it still there, less manicured, but was purchased as a convent for; cared for so tenderly by a nun the .Missionary Sisters and itsin a midnight blue habit (with third life was born. j white collar and cuffs) that they When built thc stately man sion was Redlands' pride and showplace. It had a heated show new pride in their enduring beauty. Thc orange grove bears its tower. Music flows delicately from a piano, rarely for dancing — but sometimes. One of the Sisters was once a Spanish dancer and to entertain her colleagues she occasionally dances for them in for amusement. The Sisters usually gather in the Family Room and play bridge, if there are four to play. They play Monopoly, do jig-saw puzzles, strum a ukelele, mend, watch television. "And we all read the Daily Facts," says Sister Mary Elizabeth, the Superior. SCORE! — The Missionary Sisters play a game during recreation time on the legendary patio of the mansion — now convent. The famous glassed in swimming pool is visible beyond the balustrade. RECEPTION ROOM — This is the Pompeiian reception room with terrazzo flooring and with pillars. Here the sisters have hung a turkey ornament for Thanksgiving. It was at Thanksgiving that the Burrage family came to Red- lands to first occupy their winter home. To complete the $100,000 mansion for that deadline Contractor Davis Donald hod to use kerosene stoves in the rooms to cure the fresh plaster. SHORT ORDER — This cheerful cook is doing the kitchen honors at the Missionary Sisters Convent. Her small electric stove is for quick dishes. The kitchen is well equipped with a mammoth restaurant size range where the "typical American meals" are prepared three times a day for the sixteen Nuns. The apron covering her habit is a concession to her assignment.
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