The Piedmont Recreation Department's Walking on Wednesdays group had a beautiful walk to the Sotelo-Glen Alpine Avenue loop last Wednesday, July 18, seeing many beautiful and historic homes along the way.
Walkers drew upon Gail Lombardi's Piedmont Historical Society article on the development of the neighborhood for some historical perspective. In front of 45 Glen Alpine, they learned that the
property was originally built in 1912 by Louis Titus as a temporary home while his magnificent
mansion was being built. However, Titus dropped his plans for the massive home when the new city of Piedmont imposed a $200,000 property tax on his 50-acre estate.
Next, the walkers continued on to 70 Sotelo where James Tyson built an estate in 1916 on 30 acres that he had purchased from Titus. Tyson erected two sandstone pillars, which still stand at the entrance to the estate.
The group has set an informal goal of walking on every street in Piedmont. Priscilla Wanerus
accepted the role of chronicler and will highlight on a Piedmont map the streets where the group
has already walked. This Wednesday, July 25, the group will walk from the Exedra at Highland and
Magnolia Ave. at 10:30 a.m. to Linda-Beach Field on Linda Avenue, where Michael Murphy of the
Recreation Department will give a tour at 11 a.m. of the proposed new master plan for the area. Everyone is invited to join the group. No sign ups are required.
Just meet at the Exedra at 10:30 on any Wednesday and come for some fun and some exercise.