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D.O. Mills residence SF CA 1880's by gaswizard, via Flickr - This 42-room mansion was built in 1870 by gold rush entrepreneur and financier Darius Ogden Mills. Mills, founder of the Bank of California, owned a large estate that covered a portion of present-day southern Millbrae and northern Burlingame. He named his estate “Millbrae,” combining his name (Mills) with the Scottish word for “rolling hills” (brae).