Near Big Sur in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
House with a View
These walls and terraces are all that remain of a residence built in 1940 for Lathrop and Helen Hooper Brown. The Browns decorated the house with art by Degas, Dufy and Gauguin. They left the ranch for Florida in 1956, never to return. Lathrop died there in 1956 at age 76.
Helen gave Saddle Rock Ranch to the people of California as a State Park in 1961. She specified that the park be named in memory of her friend, Julia Pfeiffer Burns, “a true pioneer.” The State was unable to use the house for a “public purpose,” and it was demolished in 1966 to comply with the requirements of Mrs. Brown’s gift deed.
Erected by Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
Location. 36° 9.603′ N, 121° 40.403′ W. Marker is near Big Sur, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Cabrillo Highway (Route 1), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53000 Cabrillo Highway, Big Sur CA 93920, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Two Women From Two Worlds (here, next to this marker); Cooper Cabin (approx. 13.3 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park approximately 11 miles south of Big Sur and 52 miles north of the Monterey/San Luis Obispo county line. The exit for the park is on the left when heading south. From the parking lot take the McWay Waterfall trail to the end to find this marker.
Also see . . . Waterfall Trail in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - Pelican Network. What brought the Browns to Big Sur is not entirely clear. One story has it that one of their two daughters had learned about this stretch of the California coast in school. The family came to look, and fell in love with the place. (Submitted on September 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
1. History of the McWay Waterfall Home
As a teenager I grew up in Big Sur. My father worked at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. After Helen Hooper Brown's death, she left her home and property at McWay Cove to the State Park system with the condition that the home be turned into a museum and arts center within a short period of time or that it be demolished. Sadly, it was demolished. I was fortunate to have visited
— Submitted September 30, 2014, by Dennis Hanshew of Oakland, California.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 1,077 times since then and 121 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.