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Wendell Willkie

At the 1940 GOP National Convention, Charles Segerstrom, owner of this home, nominated Wendell Willkie for President. As the clouds of war were looming over the world, Willkie ran a very respectful campaign against Roosevelt, supporting Roosevelts call for a military draft. Of course Willkie lost to Roosevelt in the general election. Regarding his epitaph, he told a friend, if I had to choose between here lies a president and here lies one who contributed to saving freedom, I would prefer the latter.

The Sewing Room Add-On
Add the optional "Sewing Room" to make a large, roomy suite for four which can be accessed through a private adjoining door.

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Overlooking the azalea garden with a lovely view of the west lawn and our own private giant sequoia, is the Wendell Willkie Room. A massive heritage oak tree outside this room spreads its majestic branches just beyond the windows and exemplifies the reason our young son refers to Knowles Hill as 'the big tree house'. It is another great spot to enjoy an amazing sunset. The Victorian era bed in this room has cradled five generations of our family and is covered with a pink and green, quilted duvet. Corresponding fabrics dress the windows. The closet contains an iron and ironing board, and the private bath is very original right down to its blue and white

Inside the Melvin Belli Room

mosaic marble floors and nickel tub/shower and sink fittings. Luxurious French milled shea butter soap and lotion, marzipan shampoo and conditioner and a hair dryer are provided. This cozy room for two on the second floor can be expanded into a suite by adding the optional sewing room accessible through a private adjoining door.