Enchanting coastal town
Carmel-by-the-Sea, or sometimes shortened to Carmel, is a
Founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1916, the city just celebrated a 100 year anniversary. The city has a total population of 3,852 (2017 statistics), but many homes are second homes or vacation rentals causing it to be a quiet little community in the winter months. During the summer tourist season, the
History dating back to 1700s
Carmel’s history dates back to the late 1700s when it was chosen as a location for one of the 21 Spanish Missions. The property was built in 1771 by Father Junipero Serra, it was named “Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo” and served as his personal headquarters and continued to flourish until 1848 when Mexico lost California to the United States in the Mexican-American War. Carmel Mission is now Serra’s resting place and a historical landmark. Lush gardens and buildings can be toured during the week and are still used as an active Mission offer Sunday service.
An Artist inspiration
In the late
Other notable people are:
Robinson Jeffers, poet
Ansel Adams, photographer
Doris Day, actress, singer
Robert Louis Stevenson, author
Jack London, novelist
Betty White, actress
Kerry Woodson, pro baseball player
Jeremy Sumpter, actor
Arnold Genthe, photographer
Dick Sargent, actor Bewitched
Hank Ketcham, cartoonist(Dennis- Menace)
Andrew Franks, NFL kicker
Joan Fontaine, actress
James Ellroy, author
Mary Hunter Austin, novelist
Meg Cabot, author The Princess Diaries
Developers of Carmel
The village continued its sleepy existence until the latter part of the decade when the land was bought by developers and subdivided. First
In 1888, Escolle partnered with a young developer, Santiago Duckworth and the two partners filed a subdivision map; and a year later, 200 lots had been sold. Later in 1902, James Frank Devendorf and Frank Powers, on behalf of the Carmel Development Company, filed a new subdivision map of the core village that became Carmel. The Carmel Development Company ordered 100 cypress trees to be planted throughout the barren farmland along Carmel’s coast.
They also invited a builder, Michael J. Murphy, to build his home in the newly cypress-laden Carmel-by-the-Sea. Built in 1902, Murphy’s house still stands today (known as the Welcome Center). Buildings were required to be built around existing trees and
The Tuck Box was born
Other builders followed, like Hugh Comstock in 1924. Originally from Illino
Carmel-by-the-sea has no street numbers
The one-square-mile village has no street lights or parking meters. Residents and businesses have no street numbers but are “named” with names instead of addresses (ie “Tiptoe View, SeaCastle, Tucked In). Because of this, there is no mail delivery, forcing residents to own a box at the post office to receive their mail. The format used for addressing the street is the street-cross street and the number of homes from the intersection”Monte Verde 4SW of 8th”.
Escape into a fairy tale house or scene in this color book for all ages. Carmel-by-the-Sea, on the Monterey Peninsula in California, is known for its village-like ambiance, fairy tale cottages, art galleries, shops and restaurants. Charming scenes are everywhere, a fence, a gate, a house or a dog can warm your heart. At the dog-friendly beach, you can watch dogs running, fetching and playing with each other and in the surf. Click here for more info.
Artists and writers came to Carmel -followed by theatre
In 1907, the first cultural center and theatre, the Carmel Arts and Crafts Clubhouse, was built. The center held exhibitions, lectures, dances, and produced plays and recitals. By 1914, the club had achieved national recognition,
n 1931, the Carmel Sunset School constructed a new auditorium, complete with Gothic-inspired architecture, with seating for 700. Often doubling as a performing arts venue for the community, the facility was bought by the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1964, renaming the venue the Sunset Theatre. In 2003, following a $22 million renovation, the building re-opened with the 66th annual Carmel Bach Festival. Added to the Sunset Center was the Marjorie Evans Gallery which promotes art education and Studio 101 for folk, slam poetry, improv comedy and more.
A Theatre in the middle of a forest
In 1910, the Forest Theater, one of the first outdoor theaters west of the Rocky Mountains, was built and focused on original works and the plays of Shakespeare. Play-writer Herbert Heron was
Theatrical activities in the town grew to such a proportion that between 1922 and 1924, two competing indoor theaters were built by Edward G. Kuster – the Arts & Crafts Hall and the Theatre of the Golden Bough. Unfortunately, in 1949, the playhouse burned to the ground but was later rebuilt and reopened in 1952.
Unfortunately, for most of the 1960s, the Forest outdoor theater lay unused and neglected and the original guild ceased operations. In 1984, Pacific Repertory Theatre initiated productions on the outdoor Forest Theater stage, reactivating The Carmel Shakespeare Festival in 1990. In 1994, Pacific Repertory Theatre acquired the Golden Bough Playhouse. PacRep now presents a year-round season of 10 to 12 plays, musicals, films in the forest in three Carmel theaters: The 330-seat Golden Bough Theatre, the 120-seat Circle Theatre and the 540-seat outdoor. In 2016, the Forest Theatre had a major revitalization making it a joy to sit outside under the stars among the trees watching a live play or film.
The Oldest Art Association in the USA
Founded in 1927, the Carmel Art Association is one of the oldest operating non-profit artists co-operative in the United States. Early CAA Artist Members were painters, sculptors, etchers, muralists, mosaic artists, authors, illustrators, printmakers, dancers, actors,
Walkable Downtown with so much to see
Carmel’s seaside village is a walkable downtown decorated with, boutiques, galleries, wine tasting rooms
Carmel is located near a number of popular tourist destinations: Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos, 17-Mile Drive, Seal Rock, Bird Rock, Forest Theatre, Golden Bough Playhouse, Sunset Center, Robinson Jeffers Tor House, and Hawk Tower and The Lone Cypress and Big Sur. A walking tour is here.
Carmel is a microcosm of California’s architectural heritage, sited at one of the most scenic meetings of land and sea in the world. Mission San Carlos Borromeo became a root building for California’s first regional building style, the Mission Revival. “Carmel City,” as it was called in the 1880s, was marketed as a seaside resort for Catholics. Click here for more info.
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