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Pacific Grove in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds

 
 
Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By David "Kiwi" Yarborough, Grand Historian NSGW, June 20, 2015
1. Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds Marker
Inscription. In 1913 the Young Women's Christian Association founded Asilomar as its first permanent conference grounds for the western United States. Constructed during a time of progressive social and political change for women in California and the United States. The YWCA chose architect Julia Morgan to design Asilomar's buildings and grounds. In 1952 a local "Save Asilomar" committee lobbied the YWCA and the State of California to preserve the property. Asilomar became a California State Park on July 1, 1956.
 
Erected 2015 by The Native Sons of the Golden West HPF and California State Parks. (Marker Number 1052.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 36° 37.127′ N, 121° 56.29′ W. Marker is in Pacific Grove, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Asilomar Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Asilomar Avenue, 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. Balance Lost and Found Again (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Gipsy (approx. one mile away); Point Pinos Lighthouse Oil House
Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 19, 2014
2. Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds Marker
The marker is sitting on the stage in the chapel during the State Parks dedication in April 2014.
(approx. one mile away); Frank L. Buck House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Gosby House Inn (approx. 1.1 miles away); Centrella Hotel (approx. 1.1 miles away); Chautauqua Hall (approx. 1.1 miles away); Glass Bottom Boat (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pacific Grove.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a granite boulder behind the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall which is on the conference center grounds, not immediately on Asilomar Avenue.

Regarding the confusion of dates listed: State Parks dedicated the marker in 2014 but did not have it mounted. After mounting the plaque, the Native Sons of the Golden West were asked to dedicate it on June 20, 2015.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall image. Click for full size.
By David "Kiwi" Yarborough, Grand Historian, June 20, 2015
3. Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall
The marker is in the foreground, covered with the California Bear Flag before the dedication and guarded by the Grand President's mascot, Squirrel.
NSGW Dedication Team image. Click for full size.
June 20, 2015
4. NSGW Dedication Team
Left to Right:
Ron Brocco, Sonoma Parlor #111, Grand Marshall
Carl von Bargen, Bidwell Parlor #21, Grand Trustee
Carey Pearce, Santa Lucia Parlor #97, Grand 3rd VP
David "Kiwi" Yarborough, Sonoma Parlor #111, Grand Historian
Squirrel
Dean Zellers, Sonoma Parlor #111, Grand President
George Adams, Napa Parlor #62, Grand Trustee
Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 19, 2014
5. Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall
From the vicinity of the chapel.
Inside the Hearst Social Hall image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 19, 2014
6. Inside the Hearst Social Hall
Merrill Hall image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 19, 2014
7. Merrill Hall
Auxillary Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 19, 2014
8. Auxillary Marker

JULIA MORGAN
1872-1957
Architect and Engineer
Designer of the plan
for
ASILOMAR
1918-1928
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 - Isahia 49:13

(This plaque is mounted inside the Hearst Social Hall, near the front door.)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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