Mrs. Cornelia Hill
Born in 1834, Cornelia Ann Jordan was married to her childhood sweetheart, Robert Hill, in 1854. Both were members of propertied families living in the farm country of the lower Hudson Valley of New York state. For 11 years Mrs. Hill was to endure a series of devastating sorrows. Mrs. Hill decided to move to California from New York after losing 4 of her 6 daughters and her husband to tuberculosis in 1896. Mrs. Hill was a world traveler, and as a tourist she was a collector and had many beautiful possessions that were worthy of being shown in a fine house. She purchased 3 ½ acres of land for $3,000 and had a home built after a castle she had seen while visiting France for $10,000.
In 1897 she engaged the Los Angeles architectural firm of Dennis and Farwell to design a petite Chateau for her. It was constructed very rapidly and Mrs. Hill moved into the home during October of the same year. Her granddaughters Olive and Mae Carey lived with her at the time and attended Kingsbury Elementary School.
She sold the estate to the Kimberly’s in December 1905 and moved closer to the center of town where she had a California Bungalow-style home built. She also owned a substantial home in Carlsbad, Ca and spent much of her time there with her daughter until her death in 1923.