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South Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Baldwin House & Tallac Museum
Rustic Gem
 
Baldwin House & Tallac Museum Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
1. Baldwin House & Tallac Museum Marker
 
Inscription. In 1920, at age 19, Dextra Balwin ordered construction of her summer house. The architect created a picturesque summer residence that reflected the simple, natural style favored by the wealthy in the 1920s. The house was completed in 1924 and is an outstanding example of rustic architecture.

Inside, hand-hewn walls and exposed rafters warm the spacious 5,000 square foot home. The house includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large living room area, a butlerís pantry and a kitchen. Time spent here by family and friends was devoted to quiet pursuits. Children and close friends spent their time swimming, boating, and hiking.
 
Erected by Tallac Historic Site, Tahoe Heritage Foundation and the US Forest Service.
 
Location. 38° 56.379′ N, 120° 2.846′ W. Marker is in South Lake Tahoe, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from Heritage Way east of Emerald Bay Road (California Highway 89). Click for map. The Baldwin House is located on the grounds of the Tallac Historic Site. Marker is located at the front of the building (lake side). Marker is in this post office area: South Lake Tahoe CA 96150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
 
Baldwin House & Tallac Museum Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
2. Baldwin House & Tallac Museum Marker
 
. The Pope Estate (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover the Tallac Historic Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tahoe By Car (approx. 2.8 miles away); Vikingsholm – A Scandinavian Castle (approx. 2.8 miles away); Da ow a ga – Lake Tahoe (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fannette Island (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Hermit of Emerald Bay (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Pony Express (approx. 5.9 miles away in Nevada). Click for a list of all markers in South Lake Tahoe.
 
The Baldwin House Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
3. The Baldwin House
Marker can be seen at the foot of the steps between two pine trees.
 
 
An Additional Wayside Marker Located at the Rear of the Baldwin House Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
4. An Additional Wayside Marker Located at the Rear of the Baldwin House
A Rustic Retreat
The Baldwin Estate
When ELias "Lucky" Baldwin died in 1909, he left his real estate holdings in the Tahoe Basin to his daughter, Anita Baldwin. A few years later, Anita gave her daughter Dextra McGonagle this six-acre lot on the shore of Lake Tahoe.

Dextra had a beautiful house built here in the popular rustic style in 1924. The architect was told to "spare no expense." She used the estate as a summer home, an extension of her social life in the city. Dextra spent more and more time in Lake Tahoe in her later years, until her death in 1967. Two years later, the title was relinquished to the federal government.
 
 
Rear of the Baldwin House & Tallac Museum Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
5. Rear of the Baldwin House & Tallac Museum
The "A Rustic Retreat" wayside marker is seen at the foot of the pine tree.
 
 
The Kitchen Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
6. The Kitchen
 
 
Stove on Display in the Kitchen Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
7. Stove on Display in the Kitchen
This wood burning stove is from Lucky Baldwin's Cottage at the Tallac Resort, (circa 1900).
 
 
National Register of Historic Places Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
8. National Register of Historic Places Plaque
The plaque is mounted on the rear of the building at the Museum entrance door.
 
 
A Pet Carrier From 1880 on Display Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
9. A Pet Carrier From 1880 on Display
Sign on carrier
Imagine the pet riding from San Francisco (by train) to Truckee...then by stagecoach to Tahoe City...and finally by steamer to the Tallac Pier.
 
 
View of the House From the South Gardens Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
10. View of the House From the South Gardens
 
 
View of Lake Tahoe Seen From the Front Entrance of the Baldwin House Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
11. View of Lake Tahoe Seen From the Front Entrance of the Baldwin House
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,466 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on August 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
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