CRA Centennial Series Program One: James Frank Devendorf – January 21, 2016
Centennial Logo – Centennial Web Site
CRA Centennial Series Program One: James Frank Devendorf – January 21, 2016
Frank Devendorf envisioned Carmel as being a town for families, and that they would live “in full harmony with the keynote given by nature.”
In the first flyer put out by Carmel Development Company shown below, the character of Carmel residents is described as “college professors, artists, writers of all kinds, students of music and the arts in their various phases, naturally congregate here. The surroundings are kept to invite them. More than a hundred of our residents are supported by the product of brush or pen or through music or lectures.”
Not missing a beat she caught a quick interview with
Carmel-by-the-Sea Mayor Jason Burnett,
Centennial Committee members Merv Sutton
and Barbara Livingston were seated.
Chief of Police and temporary
Mike Calhoun is in the house.
A dreary Friday afternoon won’t keep Carmelites from
celebrating. It’ 3:00 pm time to get this party started!!
Make sure to check the Centennial Website frequently
for details about the 100 events planned for Carmel’s hundredth year and enjoy the following 20 minute video of the highlights of the Centennial Launch.
Those who visit our village may only have a few hours to spend in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Some enjoy shopping, some love to eat, others enjoy a walk. The Scenic Loop Walking Tour is a series of two blog posts. They are a self-guided walking tour of what I believe feature three miles of natures most impressive beauty. If time does not permit, this first part can be walked as 1 1/2 miles round trip – Just turn around at the new restrooms on Santa Lucia and Scenic where this blog ends.
There are three public restrooms along this walking tour. One at the beginning, base of Ocean Avenue, at the end of Part 1 at Santa Lucia and Scenic, and next to the parking lot at Carmel River Beach.
This walk is fairly level but weather conditions can be windy and cold. A windbreaker or sweater is recommended, dark glasses, camera, and binoculars are useful.
Follow along on this google map which marks highlights of the Scenic Loop Walking Tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Start this walk at the Carmel North Dunes Habitat Restoration Site (northwest corner of Ocean and San Antonio* next to the Carmel Beach parking lot) under one of Carmel’s heritage trees, a Blue Gum Eucalyptus.
This tree, the largest in the Village, (the trunk measures over 22 feet around) just underwent a haircut in readiness for (hopefully) the impending El Nino. This Eucalyptus is thought to have been planted in the 1850’s.
Before we continue on to Carmel Beach take a moment to look beyond the ropes at the Habitat Restoration project. The Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club began this project in 2009 to “correct a century of human disturbance which had greatly affected the natural state of the dunes.”
The non-native and invasive ice plant was removed. Though the battle continues – as ice plant pushes through the native Pacific Dune Grass shown below.
With the ice plant gone (for the most part) the natural dune plants have begun to reappear. For the majority of the year I have to say the natural dune plants are not much to look at. Still I understand and embrace the concept – at least in small doses.
At times during the spring, summer, and fall we now see glimpses of native plants, delicate Pink,
Continue south along Scenic Drive to Eighth Avenue.
Named after the MacGowan – Cooke sisters who lived in the large Tudor style residence two blocks east of the cove on Thirteenth.
Alice MacGowan and Grace MacGowan Cooke came to Carmel in 1908, prior to that they lived in Helicon Hall, in Englewood, New Jersey. Helicon Hall was a social experiment in socialist living designed by Upton Sinclair which burnt down five months after its inception.
After the failed experiment, Sinclair Lewis came to Carmel, and the MacGowan sisters followed. They purchased the large home, which was built in 1905, on the bluff above the cove. At the time, it was the only house in the area. In Part 2 of this walking tour we will have a chance to see their house. But for now we continue south on the Scenic Bluff Walkway to Santa Lucia and Carmel’s newest public restroom.
As with everything in Carmel, things take time. Our new restrooms began life in 1991 as a suggestion by the 2016 Centennial Committee. Twenty-three years after the suggestion, in December of 2014 they opened to the public.
Built to blend in with the architecture and geography of Scenic Road they are hardly visible from the beach level or Street level. Cost to the village $595,000.
This is where we leave off Part 1 of the Scenic Loop Walking Tour. Part 2 will loop around Carmel Point to Carmel River Beach and back to the Carmel Beach parking lot via San Antonio Avenue.
* Carmel-by-the-Sea does not have addresses we have coordinates.
** Many houses in Carmel-by-the-Sea are referred to by their name.
All photography by L. A. Momboisse unless listed below:
Black and white photo of Mayor Eastwood’s swearing in, from Carmel Magazine, Spring/Summer 2012.
are the Meadowview Triplex rooms of Mission Ranch.
When you leave Carmel River Beach
you will be walking north along Carmelo Street.
Poodle Day is a day that unites Poodle’s and their poodle people with others of like mind.
They come from all over California and beyond to celebrate a day all about them in one of Dog Fancy Magazine’s top ten most dog-friendly cities in America.
The day began precisely at 9:30 am at the Carmel Crossroads Shopping Center with a peaceful Poodle parade consisting of 700 Poodle participants and their people.
The Poodle’s paraded and proudly preened in their most popular varieties, colors and styles.
First out of the gate were the tiny Teacup Poodle’s, and then the ever so slightly bigger Toy.
Sometimes their people companions also got into the act. Such as Ms. Little Bo Peep and her pretty Toy Poodle made up as a sheep.
These precious poodles are showing off their perfect Bikini Clip with pretty pastels.
There were 700 pretty Poodle participants and I had to narrow this down so these are the final popular picks.
Which we will see more of during Poodle play at the beach later this afternoon.
With the parade over it is time for the Poodles to attend some profoundly practical classes. The one entitled “How to Extend Your Cut,” was packed.
After a short break and a few treats the Poodles met at 13th and Scenic
Precisely at 1:45pm – because we all know Poodles are prompt – all assembled for a perfectly priceless photo with their precious families.
With back to the waves, they proudly posed for portraits.
By 3pm, ready to retire to their rooms, the Poodles scattered throughout the lovely village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, lounging in spas, putting their paws up and having PETicures.
At 4pm the Poodles, dressed in their best duds, were off to their well deserved Yappy Hour. This year with six options it was hard to choose. But with the available seating at a premium, and all events sold out our attendees were yapping with pleasure at whichever venue they were able to attend.
Anton & Michel, with prominent seating surrounding a pleasant pool and fountain – so refreshing.
Grasings opened their upper veranda for precious Poodle pleasure.
At Vino Napoli, who could resist a place on the table by the fireplace.
Those who were able to attend the Bistro Beaujolais were pleased as punch to drink from the Fountain of Woof.
And for those who were able to obtain the most popular ticket, The Cypress Inn,
they had a perfect time with plenty of room to lounge on the patio by the fire or in the Doris Day Room.
Make your reservations early for next year’s Annual Poodle Day. A pleasurably perfect day where all Poodles are proud to present their perfectness and properly enjoy some well deserved praise and pampering.
Photos – L. A. Momboisse – http://www.carmelbytheseaca.blogspot.com
Cary eventually re-married, this time to, Carl Jung’s apprentice, HG “Peter” Baynes. In 1928 Cary, her daughter, and Peter spent about a year living in the log cabin on 8th Street between Carmelo and San Antonio, what Peter lovingly referred to as “Cary’s Shack.” Finally in 1937, Cary Baynes sold her “shack” along with the eight lots to Adolf Lafrenz, who in 1941 sold four of the lots – leaving the property as it exists today.
The open beam ceiling slopes steeply over the living,
Finally our tour of Carmel Cottage Inn would not be complete without a wander through the meticulously cared for gardens.
Many thanks to all of the home owners who graciously opened their homes for the 2013 Carmel House and Garden Tour, the sponsors Sotheby’s International Realty and Village Corner Restaurant, and to the Carmel Heritage Society. Save the date for, the not to be missed, Heritage Society Inns of Distinction Tour December 8th. Local restaurants serve finger food and local wineries their varietals as we tour 8 festively decorated village inns.
House and Garden Tour Part 1 – First Murphy House, Hugh W. Comstock Residence, A Storybook Cottage
House and Garden Tour Part 2 – Forest Cottage, All the Way, Holly Oak Cottage
(1) Nursing World, (Lakeside Publishing Co., 1898), Volumes 21-22, page 315.
(2) Sales Brochure J. F. Devendorf, Carmel Development, Co. Undated.
(3) Sonu Shamdasani, Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology the Dream of A Science (University Press, Cambridge, 2003), p. 381.
Undated black and white photographs of Log Haven courtesy of Pat Hathoway.
Special thanks to Greta Bell, Connie Bell, and Cheryl Assemi for providing the comprehensive history on Carmel Cottage Inn.
Our house tour continues with Forest Cottage built by architect Frederick Bigland, located directly across the street from the Forest Theater and a few blocks north of the entrance to Mission Trail Nature Preserve, both deserve a wander when more time permits.
The wood single siding is more clearly visible (to the left) in the current photo below of the west elevation taken from behind the fence during the House and Garden Tour.
All the Way is historically significant on the California Register under two criteria, first because the Foursquare style is considered a good example of Carmel’s early residential architecture. Essentially a pattern book design, a Foursquare home, could actually be ordered from Sears in the early 1900’s, and then shipped via boxcar, all parts pre-cut and numbered for self-assembly, with a book of directions a la Ikea but on a grander scale.
The second reason for its historical significance is because of the contribution of the first two owners of the house, Mary A. Connolly, and the Frederick W. Search family. Little is known about the first owner, Mary A. Connolly, except that she was an active member in the Carmel Arts and Crafts Club and the International Dutch Markets which began in 1905.
Much more is known about the Search family. Frederick W. Search (1853-1932), was a noted educator, amateur musician and author. Though best known for his books on the public school system, including An Ideal School, The Individual in Mass Education and The Ethics of the Public School, I could not find then on the Internet.
His son, Frederick Preston Search (1889-1959), went beyond amateur musician, beginning at age 10 when he sold poultry in Pueblo, Colorado to earn enough money to purchase his first cello. By 13, he was touring as a boy prodigy transcontinentally playing his cello. The next year his parents sent him to study music in Germany, then two years at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, four years at the Cincinnati College of Music and five years back in Germany studying under cello instructor Julius Klengel. In 1914, after 12 years of intense classical musical training, Frederick Preston’s family moved to Carmel, where Frederick Preston went on to direct the orchestra at the old Del Monte Hotel from 1920 to 1932.
Kaye Burbank Scott lived in the house for the longest period of time, from the 1950’s till her death in 2010. It was her son and husband that built some of the other additions and the original garage. In 1963 the house and zen garden were featured in Sunset Magazine.
In 2011 the current owners beautifully restored this home to its original state with board and batten interior wall finishing and fir floors, in the living room,
one hundred years of paint was removed from the exterior of the fireplace to expose original clinker brick.
In the northwest corner is a fountain reminiscent of the Zen garden on this property in the 1960’s and
finally, my favorite accent, a tepee constructed of willow branches for the climbing roses. I might just have to try this myself.
Next we are off to our last two properties Hob Nob, thought to be built by Hugh Comstock and Carmel Cottage Inn, five darling historic homes just a few minutes walk to the beach or downtown that may be rented for a weekend or more. I reviewed this property in December last year for the Carmel Inns of Distinction.
House and Garden Tour 2013 Part 1 – First Murphy House, Hugh W. Comstock Residence, A Storybook Cottage
House and Garden Tour 2013 Part 3 – Hob Nob, Carmel Cottage Inn
Black and white photo of Forest Cottage, Kent L. Seavey Preservation Consultant, taken 6/20/2002, provided by Carmel-by-the-Sea city records.
Drawings are from Carmel-by-the-Sea City Hall records
All other photos by L. A. Momboisse http://www.carmelbytheseaca.blogspot.com