Town Square

Post a New Topic

Portola Valley Archives

Original post made on Feb 8, 2010

The mansion Herbert Law built in the 1920s for his 5-year-old daughter Patricia in the hills of Portola Valley burned in a horrendous fire in September 1971. The ruins still stand. Courtesy, Portola Valley Archives.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, February 7, 2010, 10:57 AM

Comments (1)

Posted by More Info, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm

That's it? How about some more info. Herbert Law and was a fascinating turn of the century San Francisco and Peninsula figure. He and his brother sold elixir to women at $100 a pop. Bought the SF Fairmont from the Fair sisters just before the 1906 quake. His daughter committed suicide when he told her to divorce the Stanford groundskeeper she had married against his wishes.


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Scott’s Seafood Mountain View to close, reopen as new concept
By Elena Kadvany | 7 comments | 2,781 views

Who Says Kids Don’t Eat Vegetables?
By Laura Stec | 7 comments | 1,513 views

Breastfeeding Tips
By Jessica T | 10 comments | 1,456 views

Separate Entrances for BMR and Market Rate Apartments?
By Stuart Soffer | 0 comments | 518 views

Having A Hard Time Getting Your Child To Dive Into Their Summer Reading? Take A Trip To Bookopolis…
By Erin Glanville | 0 comments | 490 views