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Balance Lost and Found Again

Asilomar Conference Center

 
 
Balance Lost and Found Again Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2011
1. Balance Lost and Found Again Marker
Inscription.
Decades of logging, grazing, recreation, and foot traffic brought Asilomar's dune ecosystem to the brink of extinction. When the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) established the Asilomar summer camp grounds in 1913, the dunes became a recreation area.

By the time California State Parks acquired Asilomar in 1956, the dunes were crisscrossed with walking paths. Foot traffic damaged remaining native vegetation, weakened the towering dunes, and permitted the sand to blow away.

In 1984, California State Parks embarked on a dune restoration project. This required removal of non-native plants, propagation of plants genetically native to Asilomar's dunes, and construction of a boardwalk to provide a pathway through this fragile ecosystem.

Today, the dunes have been returned to a near pristine state with native plants and animals. Dunes Natural Preserve status protects Asilomar's dunes for the future.

Boardwalk Brings Balance
The boardwalk creates a balance by providing us access while protecting the dunes. Wildlife is not disturbed and native plants remain untrampled for future visitors to enjoy.

Benefits of Dune Restoration
Prevents sand from blowing away
Protects endangered species.
Provides habitat for native wildlife
Restores the
Balance Lost and Found Again Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2011
2. Balance Lost and Found Again Marker
Looking west toward the beach
natural beauty of the dunes
 
Erected by California State Parks.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 36° 37.148′ N, 121° 56.339′ W. Marker is in Pacific Grove, California, in Monterey County. Click for map. The marker is located on the grounds of Asilomar State Park and is along the boardwalk connecting the conference grounds to the beach. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Asilomar Boulevard, Pacific Grove CA 93950, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Gipsy (approx. one mile away); Point Pinos Lighthouse Oil House (approx. one mile away); Gosby House Inn (approx. 1.1 miles away); Frank L. Buck House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Centrella Hotel (approx. 1.2 miles away); Chautauqua Hall (approx. 1.2 miles away); Glass Bottom Boat (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pacific Grove.
 
More about this marker. "Julia Morgan designed and built 16 of the buildings on the property, of which 11 are still standing." - Wikipedia
 
Also see . . .
Dunes at Asilomar image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2011
3. Dunes at Asilomar

1. History of Asilomar. (Submitted on April 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Asilomar Architecture - Asilomar Confernce Grounds. The Arts & Crafts architectural style exemplified in the buildings at Asilomar by noted architect Julia Morgan, was part of a movement that influenced architects, designers and craftspeople. The movement had its roots in late 19th century Britain, where architects wanted to reform design and bring back the quality craftsmanship of the work itself. (Submitted on March 16, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Boardwalk Across the Asilomar Dunes image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2011
4. Boardwalk Across the Asilomar Dunes
End of Boardwalk at Sunset Drive image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2011
5. End of Boardwalk at Sunset Drive
Asilomar National Historic Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 25, 2013
6. Asilomar National Historic Landmark Plaque
The plaque is displayed inside the Conference Center
Asilomar Conference Grounds
Has been designated a
National
Historic Landmark
This site possesses national significance
In commemorating the history of the
United States of America
The Asilomar Dining Hall image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 25, 2013
7. The Asilomar Dining Hall
Designed by Julia Morgan.
The Asilomar Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 25, 2013
8. The Asilomar Chapel
Designed by Julia Morgan.
Hearst Social Hall image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 25, 2013
9. Hearst Social Hall
Designed by Julia Morgan.
Interior of the Hearst Social Hall image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 25, 2013
10. Interior of the Hearst Social Hall
Julia Morgan Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 25, 2013
11. Julia Morgan Plaque
Julia Morgan
1877 – 1957
Architect and Engineer
Designer of the Plan
for
Asilomar
1913 – 1928
Builder of
Gateway – Administration Building – Chapel
Auditorium – Lodges – Dining Hall
And all early structures
Sing o heavens and be joyful o earth and break forth into singing o mountains Isaiah 49:13
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 635 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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