San Benito Lifestyle

Leading-edge design a century ago

San Benito County CattleWomen will host Krista Van Laan, an expert on prominent architect Frank Wolfe


The San Benito County CattleWomen are pleased to present their 8th Annual Heritage Night event on Thursday, April 21, 5:30 p.m. at Ridgemark Golf and Country Club. 

This year, the CattleWomen will feature a presentation on prolific architect, Frank Delos Wolfe, and “Modern Architecture in San Benito County One Hundred Years Ago” with author Krista Van Laan as the guest speaker.

From the late 1800s through the prosperous 1920s, Hollister was noted for it’s fine architecture, with beautiful buildings designed by some of the best architects in the state.  Architects weren’t just for public and commercial buildings. In those days, homeowners could express themselves personally by choosing from a variety of architects to suit every pocketbook and taste.

One of California’s most prolific and highly respected architects, Wolfe, of San Jose, was the architect of choice for many of the leading families in Hollister, Tres Pinos and Paicines.  Wolfe was nationally known for his unique architecture and the wide range of his styles can still be seen today throughout San Benito County.

Krista Van Laan, author of the recent book, “Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture,” will highlight Wolfe’s work in San Benito County and talk about the fearless local residents who commissioned his designs.

The evening begins with no-host cocktails at 5:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m.  A ribeye steak dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m.

The cost for the event is $50 per person and reservations and pre-payment are required. To make your reservation or for more information, contact Martha Tobias at (831) 628-3254, or email [email protected]



Charlotte Cabral