Built in the 1920's as the residence of the Flanders family, the house was purchased by the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1972. With its surrounding acreage, it became part of the city's Mission Trail Preserve, which encompasses the trails used by the Padres as they walked from the Carmel Mission to Monterey. Many residents and visitors have walked this historic trail and discovered the meadow, forest and views of the Mission and Point Lobos from the Flanders site. The Lester Rowntree Native Plant Garden is just next door and is also part of the city-owned parkland. The Flanders Foundation, a non-profit organization, is currently raising money through grants, corporate gifts and individual contributions to bring the Flanders Mansion up to date physically and to establish a fund for its long-term maintenance and operation. They are committed to keeping the house and grounds in the public domain as part of Mission Trail Preserve and are looking at low-key uses for the house.