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The house and property at 237 Crescent were bequeathed to San Francisco Theological Seminary for educational, health or religious purposes or to the City of San Anselmo for use as a public park or playground, if the Seminary declined the bequest. This bequest was to become effective 20 years after Kernan’s death or upon Geraldine’s death. Geraldine continued to live in the house with housekeeper Mae Orlandi until her death on February 15, 1967.

The Seminary declined to accept the property, and it was offered to San Anselmo. In May 1968, San Anselmo formally accepted the property, agreeing that it be used as a park or playground for children, that it never be sold in whole or in part, or subdivided, or used for private or commercial purposes, and that it would be named Robson-Harrington Park as a tribute to the memory of Kernan Robson’s father and mother. Under the terms of the Robson’s will, Mae Orlandi continued to live in the house with a small stipend until her death in 1990.

On Sunday September 15, 1968, the estate was opened to the public for the first time, with a welcoming address by the mayor and guided tours of the house. San Anselmo was delighted with its new “relic.” more here


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