Those of us who have lived in the valley very long, are all familiar with Tovrea Castle or the Birthday Cake Building. I have always been very curious about it and wanted to go inside. Today I got my chance. They now have tours on weekends. Due to the heat, the tour started at 7:30am. You start in this little visitor building with a welcome and movie that covers the history.
The site was originally homesteaded by the Weavers. It was purchased in 1928 by Alessio Carraro. He was of Italian ancestory and had a successfull sheet metal business in San Francisco. He came with his son and thought he would originally build a housing developement on the property with a hotel as the centerpiece, up on the hill.
This was the original front entrance. The gates were added later by the Tovreas.