THE FRIENDS OF THE VILLA MONTEZUMA WELCOME YOU! We are the nonprofit solely devoted to the magnificent Villa Montezuma Museum. We’re honored to work with the City of San Diego to provide tours of this 1887 treasure.


Click Here for Villa Montezuma Introductory Video by the FOVM and City TV


2018 Interior Tour Schedule - First free Inside Tour of the Villa Montezuma Museum Expected in Late March 2018

Can’t wait to see inside? We can’t wait to take you! As soon as the 2018 free quarterly tour dates are locked in with the City we will post all info here.


November 5, 2017 - Fallback Festival in the Gaslamp Shared Our Victorian History

The FOVM was delighted to once again share the Villa’s history at the Fallback Festival for our young history fans! We look forward to taking all through the museum in March 2018.


October 28, 2017 - ”Permanent Victorians” Walk of Mount Hope Cemetery was FULL

The FOVM’s annual history walk of Mount Hope Cemetery was a 2-hour respectful walk through San Diego’s past. Thank you to all who walked with us and who visited our altar to Jesse Shepard/Francis Grierson at the Sherman Heights Community Center during Dia de los Muertos.  This year we also honored FOVM members who passed away, including our friends Gabe Selak, Sherri Grelle, and Doris Brygier. Our relationships with those we love continue to provide support, even if they are no longer with us on this earth. Thanks to all new members.


October 21, August 19, and June 24, 2017 - INTERIOR TOURS WERE GREAT!

Thank you to all who experienced the magnificent Villa Montezuma Museum with us. It was lovely to meet so many people and make new friends!


April 25, 2017 - IN LOVING MEMORY: CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF FOVM BOARD MEMBER GABOR (GABE) SELAK

Our dear friend and Board member, Gabe Selak, unexpectedly passed away on April 3, 2017. He was an amazing man and a historian like no other. Our hearts are broken. The San Diego History Center organized a beautiful tribute to Gabe at the Serra Museum. Thank you to all those who have donated to the the FOVM in memory of our beloved friend. Too young, too soon, never to be forgotten.





MARCH 25, 2017 INTERIOR TOURS SOLD OUT! - We had hundreds of people attend! Thank you to the San Diego Architectural Foundation Open House for  letting us share this magnificent historic site with those who love architecture. Thank you to our outstanding docents and volunteers. Thanks to the talented students from the San Diego Mesa College Fashion Design program who shared their “Nifty Fifties!” creations done for Fashion Redux with the San Diego History Center. And thank you to everyone who became a member of the FOVM at the event. Your support of our work means a lot.




If you missed the March interior tour, click on the link in pink above for the Villa Montezuma Introductory Video to view the beautiful 9-minute mini documentary about the museum. Our next free interior tours will be on Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. We will post here when registration is open to book a tour.


May 6, 2017 - WALKING TOUR OF JESSE SHEPARD’S NEIGHBORHOOD, 10:00 A.M.-NOON

Our next walking tour of Jesse Shepard’s neighborhood (the Sherman Heights Historic District) will be on Saturday, May 6. Learn about the amazing history and beautiful architecture of San Diego’s largest historic district, with almost 400 contributing structures. Suggested donation: $10. RSVP required to FOVM@VillaMontezumaMuseum.org. We will confirm your reservation. Meet at the museum at the corner of 20th & K Streets.





NOVEMBER 2016 - RESTORATION NEWS: NEW BACKYARD FENCE IS HERE!

More good news: the backyard wooden fence has been replaced! Thank you, Councilman David Alvarez, for including this funding in your budget. Thanks to Park and Recreations staff for monitoring the work. Thanks to Jose Ruiz and Jose Marquez of South Bay Fence for building it!


April 12, 2016 - THANK YOU, Council member David Alvarez and San Diego City Council members, for making April 12 “Friends of the Villa Montezuma Day” in the City of San Diego!

Click on “HONORS” to see more information.


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 2017. 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 FOVM@VillaMontezumaMuseum.org 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 FOVM@VillaMontezumaMuseum.org or send a text to 619-233-8833.




 
Thank You New Members! 
We’ve had such fun this year showing you the museum, taking you on walks through Jesse Shepard’s neighborhood, and visiting the “Permanent Victorians” 
in Mount Hope Cemetery. Watch for the 2018 Victorian Valentine Tea!
FOVM@VillaMontezumaMuseum.org. 





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Contact us!

Via e-mail: FOVM@VillaMontezumaMuseum.org


Via telephone:

Hear announcements or leave us a message: 619-255-9367 


Via text:

619-233-8833


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.


1899

Modern Mysticism and Other Essays


1901

The Celtic Temperament and Other Essays


1909

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


1910

Parisian Portraits


1911

La Vie and Les Hommes


1911

The Humour of the Underman


1913

The Invincible Alliance


1918

Illusions and Realities of the War


1918

Abraham Lincoln: The Practical Mystic


1921

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.)


 
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