Carmel-by-the-Sea has so many facets to it, one of the most enduring is its artists and the often funky houses that they built. Many came here after the 1906 San Francisco fire, and their bohemian lifestyle was legend. Others followed including Robinson Jeffers, renowned American poet known for his work about the Central California coast,
He and wife Una first built Tor House, the place where much of his work was written. He later built the large 4-story stone Hawk Tower, similar to ones he had seen in Ireland. He never actually completed this romantic Gothic tower himself before his death in 1962, and was completed by his eldest son. It remained a family residence, until it was turned over to the Tor House Foundation formed by Ansel Adams (another world renowed artist), for historic preservation.
The story goes that a hawk appeared one day early on during the construction, and then did not reappear again until the tower was finished. Hence the name "Hawk Tower."
Hawk Tower became a gift to his wife Una where, in her special room at the top of the tower, she kept many treasures from her travels. It seems there is a secret passage, much to the delight of the younger generation.
I am so thankful that these homes have been preserved.
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Below: Photo I took today of Tor House and Hawk Tower while along along the ocean.
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