THE FRIENDS OF THE VILLA MONTEZUMA WELCOME YOU! We are the nonprofit solely devoted to the magnificent Villa Montezuma Museum. THANK YOU, Council member David Alvarez and San Diego City Council members,      for making April 12, 2016 “Friends of the Villa Montezuma Day” in the City of San Diego!          Click on “HONORS” to see more information.

Villa Montezuma Introductory Video by the FOVM and City TV

APRIL 16, 2016 - INTERIOR TOURS - Another excellent day at the museum with the FOVM!

Thank you to everyone who participated. Thank you to Gabe Selak of the San Diego History Center and an FOVM Advisory Board member! Scroll down for photos.

SPECIAL TREAT: If you missed the Fashion Redux! exhibit at the San Diego History Center last month, guests on April 16 got to see the winning 1890s-inspired contemporary fashion designed by the fashion students at Mesa College.

History-inspired Contemporary Fashion - Modern clothing (not costumes) showing its influences, in San Diego’s magnificent Villa Montezuma Museum. What was exciting? Seeing unexpected and unplanned relationships between design details and fabric choices and the decorative elements within the museum. So cool!

FUTURE 2016 INTERIOR TOURS - Save the dates for future interior tours on June 25 and October 15, 2016.

EDUCATIONAL TOURS -  Thanks to the San Diego State University College of Extended Studies Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for asking the FOVM to share the museum with them. We had a great time and look forward to future events together!

Note: at this time, with additional work still to be done at the museum, weddings and other private events cannot be planned for 2016. We’ll let you know when this changes.

Does your organization want to contribute to the FOVM’s work?

The Friends of the Villa Montezuma, Inc., is always delighted to work with other organizations that support the FOVM’s important work. If you’d like to fund one of the many small restoration projects (for example, restoration of one of the interior stained glass windows over the doorways) or if you’d like to provide resources during museum tours (for example, volunteers in period costume, historic vehicles for the yard, etc.), send an email to so that we can discuss the possibilities with you!

Museum Location

The Villa is located in the Sherman Heights Historic District of downtown San Diego, CA, at the corner of 20th & K Streets (less than one mile east of the Historic Davis-Horton House in the Gaslamp Quarter).  The Sherman Heights Historic District is the largest historic district within San Diego; it has almost 400 contributing historic structures.

FOVM Mailing Address

Please do not mail anything to the physical location of the museum. Send any correspondence to the Friends of the Villa Montezuma, inc. (FOVM) to 657 20th Street, San Diego, CA 92102-2810. The fastest way to reach us: send an e-mail to or send a text to 619-233-8833.

Next Walking Tour June 4
Next Interior Tours June 25

See Jesse Shepard’s neighborhood, the Sherman Heights Historic District, on a two-hour walk leaving from in front of the museum at 10:00 a.m. on June 4. RSVP to 
SAVE THE DATE: Next interior tours will be Saturday, June 25, from 9:00-noon. Registration info to be posted closer to date.


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Membership Brochure

Why the “Jesse Shepard/Francis Grierson” House? One man with

two names!

The Villa Montezuma was the home Jesse Shepard. Jesse began a writing career in San Diego and took the pen name “Francis Grierson.” He used this name from that point on in his real life as well as for his essays and metaphysical books.


Modern Mysticism and Other Essays


The Celtic Temperament and Other Essays


The Valley of Shadows: Recollections of the Lincoln Country, 1858-63


Parisian Portraits


La Vie and Les Hommes


The Humour of the Underman


The Invincible Alliance


Illusions and Realities of the War


Abraham Lincoln: The Practical Mystic


Psycho-Phone Messages

(Note: the English mystery writer Francis D. Grierson, writing mostly from the 1920s to the 1940s, is NOT our Francis Grierson of “Valley of Shadows” fame.)