Burlingame's beautiful Kohl Mansion has been among the Peninsula's most treasured landmarks for more than eight decades. It also hosts one of the region's most enduring and notorious legends. This legend has been a mixed blessing for the Sisters of Mercy, whose Mercy High School has operated here since 1931.

Originally known as "The Oaks," the red-brick, 63-room Tudor mansion stands on forty acres along Adeline Drive in north Burlingame. When first constructed in 1915, the estate included beautiful, rolling landscapes, a sunken English rose garden, tennis courts, green houses, large carriage house, and a 150,000 gallon reservoir. At the time, its value stood at $525,000.

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