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Built between 1885-91 by Christopher Augustine Buckley, Sr., known as the "Blind Boss" of San Francisco politics, the country vineyard was used as a summer home until 1920.
In 1931 it was acquired by a Catholic order, the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, known as the Redemptorists. Renamed Villa San Clemente in honor of one of the order's founders, Saint Clement Hofbauer, the estate served as a religious retreat for the next 34 years.
In 1968 the 100-acre property, including the deteriorating buildings, was purchased by a local developer who built homes on two-thirds of the land and gave the remainder to the City of Livermore to be preserved as an historic site.
LARPD took over its administration, architecturally restoring the Main House and Tank House in 1978; the Cottage House in 1986.
Ravenswood docent tours are available the second Sunday of each month.
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