Archive for the ‘Buildings’ Category

Cambria Pines Lodge/Harry Jones

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Don Julian Estrada received the grant to the Rancho Santa Rosa on January 18, 1841. In the 1850s he got into financial difficulty due to the declining prices for beef, hides and tallow, bad weather, surveying costs, and increasing property taxes. Using the rancho as security, he borrowed $7,900 from Domingo Pujol, a merchant from San Francisco, but he was unable to repay the debt. On May 17, 1862, Pujol and Estrada struck a deal in which Pujol gave Estrada an additional $12,000 and took possession of the rancho. (more…)

Sebastian’s Store

Monday, October 8th, 2012

By the time California was admitted to the union in 1850, San Simeon was the third largest settlement in San Luis Obispo County behind San Luis Obispo and San Miguel. It was shown as a settlement and anchorage on the Duflot de Mofras map of 1844. By 1869 San Simeon had grown to a population of 200 people. (more…)

Bluebird Inn

Monday, October 24th, 2011

The Bluebird Inn, located on Main Street in Cambria’s East Village, was built by George W. Lull in 1880 for his second wife, Mary Inman Lull.

Lull was a partner in the San Francisco firm of Grant and Lull. While George Grant remained in San Francisco, Lull first came to the Cambria area in 1858 at the age of 27. He built a small store near the mouth of San Simeon Creek. In 1865 he leased a small plot of land from Philip Kaitzel and erected a two-story building which later became the Music House and today is part of Fog’s End Bed and Breakfast. In the lower floor of this building Lull established the first store in the Cambria area called the Grant and Lull Store. By 1867 the store had been moved to the southeast corner of Bridge and Main Street and the first Cambria Post Office was established within it. Winfield S. Whitaker was the first postmaster but Lull was postmaster from 1872 to 1881. (more…)

Guthrie-Bianchini House

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

As soon as he acquired the Rancho Santa Rosa from Don Julian Estrada, Domingo Pujol divided the rancho into smaller parcels and he sold them to many of the first settlers in the Cambria area. One of Pujol’s first customers was George E. Long who purchased three parcels from Pujol totaling 2094.6 acres on October 12, 1866. One of these parcels was 1010 acres and included virtually all of what would become Cambria. About three months later, on January 14, 1867, Long sold two of the three parcels, including the 1010 acre plot, to Samuel Pollard for $1250. (more…)

Bucket of Blood

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

The property at the northwest corner of Bridge and Center Streets has a long and colorful history. The existing structure is the second building to be built on the site. (more…)

Blue House

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

The building located at 2261 Center Street between the Cambria Historical Museum and the “Bucket of Blood Saloon” building is known by locals as “The Blue House”. In the past it has also been called ”The Mushroom House” or “The Maggetti House”. This house has a rather interesting history. (more…)

Art Beal- Nitt Witt Ridge

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Arthur Harold Beal, also known as Captain Nitt Witt or Der Tinkerpaw, built what is perhaps the oddest structure in Cambria which has no shortage of odd structures. In 1928, Art was working as a garbage collector in Cambria and he began collecting what others would call junk – pieces of driftwood, discarded car parts, wood pieces, pots, beer cans, abalone shells, hub caps, toilet seats and other treasures. His property, now located at 881 Hillcrest Drive, was, at that time, located in a remote section of forest. So, using pick and shovel and (it is rumored) occasionally dynamite, he began to level portions of the site and to build a series of one-room shacks from the materials he collected.  Eventually, his “castle” on Nitt Witt Ridge included many rooms and covered 250 vertical feet of cliffs. (more…)

The Brambles

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Although it has been added onto several times, the original structure that presently houses The Brambles restaurant on Burton Drive was a three-bedroom house built by George W. Proctor around 1874. Proctor was a blacksmith who came to California from New England in 1858. He moved to Cambria in 1861 and, with his partner George Davis, bought 31.5 acres from Samuel Pollard which included all of what is today Cambria’s east village. Proctor also built the three-story hotel at the corner of Bridge and Main Streets which burned down in the great fire of 1889. (more…)

Santa Rosa Chapel

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The land on which the Santa Rosa Chapel was built was part of the lands of the Mission San Miguel (as was all of the Cambria area). When the Mexican Government secularized the missions in the 1830s and 1840s, land grants were given to prominent citizens and Rancho Santa Rosa was given to Don Julian Estrada while Rancho San Simeon was given to Don Jose Ramon Estrada.. Don Julian Estrada and his wife, Dona Nicolasa, built a house near the intersection of Highway One and Forty Six and they opened their home, guest quarters and gardens to accommodate the Catholic ceremonies in the area as local residents had no other place to worship. Priests from Mission San Luis Obispo and from Mission San Miguel celebrated mass and conducted marriages, baptisms and funerals in the Estrada compound. (more…)

Heart’s Ease

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The historic building located on the northwest corner of Bridge Street and Burton Drive is today known as Hearts Ease, purveyor of herbs, plants and gardening supplies and owner of one of the most beautiful gardens in Cambria. But, since the house was built in the early 1870s, there have been around twenty different owners. (more…)

The Tea Cozy

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The property on which The Tea Cozy is built at 4286 Bridge Street has had more than a dozen owners but the house was built by Henry Williams in the late 1870s. Williams was a carpenter born in Wales and his wife, Sallie, was from England. Williams purchased the property from Jeffrey Phelan in 1877. (more…)

Olallieberry Inn

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

This magnificent house at 2476 Main Street was built by the Manderscheid brothers, Otto and Carl, who were born in Prussia and who arrived in Cambria in 1872. Both of them were pharmacists and they operated a drug store on Main Street. In 1874 they bought a lot from A. M. Hardie and the following year they built the house out of Cambria pine. The redwood siding came from trees growing north of Lucia with the milling being accomplished at the Leffingwell saw mill. (more…)

The Souza House

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

On the southwest corner of the intersection of Burton Drive and Center Street stands the historic building that is now occupied by Robin’s Restaurant. However, this is not the first building to occupy that site. (more…)

The Red House

Friday, December 18th, 2009

On the south side of Center Street, across from the Cambria Historical Museum (and a little to the east), lies the Greenspace Creekside Reserve. This 1.6 acre property was purchased by Greenspace – The Cambria Land Trust in 1999. It was once the focus of the Chinese community in Cambria, whose members were mainly employed harvesting seaweed and abalone for shipment to China or in the local mercury mines. The Chinese community included several buildings on an “L-shaped” piece of property running south from Center Street to Santa Rosa Creek and along the creek to Bridge Street and at least one building on the other side of Bridge Street as well. Until 1926, Bridge Street extended south to Santa Rosa Creek though there was no bridge there across the creek. (more…)

The Squibb House

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Early on, the property on which The Squibb House presently stands was owned by “the usual suspects”. As part of Don Julian Estrada’s Rancho Santa Rosa, ownership reverted to Domingo Pujol, a San Francisco lawyer, in 1862 when Estrada defaulted on a loan. Pujol sold the property to George Long in 1866 and he sold it to Samuel Pollard the following year. In 1868, the property was purchased by George W. Proctor and George S. Davis and Proctor eventually sold it to Fred E. Darke in 1876. (more…)