Restoration Projects


Fancy a chance to be part of Kimberly Crest history? Look no further. With a gift to the Powder Room restoration project, you’ll become part of a community of donors making a lasting impact on a treasured landmark.

Adjacent to the home’s main entrance, this essential room is in dire need of restoration to become a space more befitting the period of the home and design predilections of the family who once lived here. Originally used by domestic staff for breaks from the day’s work, it was expanded slightly in 1934 when Mary Kimberly-Shirk made changes to the Southeast corner of the house. She added a restroom — the only one on the first floor — and transformed the space into a receiving room for guests. At the time, there were very few staff and those who remained were in close acquaintance with Mrs. Shirk. They had greater access to other rooms for relaxation.

In 1981, after Mrs. Shirk’s death and just prior to the first formal tours of the home, the Powder Room was redecorated. More than 40 years of use, harsh elements and inferior materials have resulted in ceiling damage, peeling wallpaper, chipped paint, frayed window treatments, torn upholstery, and worn flooring.

To ensure an outcome reflecting the lifestyle and personality of the home, we have called upon family members Kimberly Snyder, great-granddaughter of the Kimberlys, and her daughter Mary Snyder Koby, to act as special advisors. Mary graduated from UCLA with a degree in Fine Arts and the History of Architecture. She is an accomplished designer specializing in historic renovation.

All donors to the project will be recognized in an archival memory book that documents this vital restoration and remains on display in the renovated Powder Room.

Please become part of Kimberly Crest history by contributing to this important project. Thank you!