Archive for the ‘Historical’ Category

The Many Ways to “See the Ocean” — Memories and Legacy of Cottage #22: the Park and Marine Research Facility

Apr 12, 2019

“Who’s going to see the ocean first?”  That was the question Bill and Vivian Taft asked their grandchildren on the drive to Crystal Cove back in the 1960s. The first glimpse of the ocean from her grandfather’s old yellow Cadillac convertible is just one of Jennifer Steele’s childhood memories of her grandparents’ beloved beach cottage Read More »

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Cottage #26 – Browning Cottage on the North Beach

Oct 18, 2018

  Crystal Cove is known for its one-of-a-kind vernacular architecture as well as its celebrations and traditions, and one historic cottage combined these concepts in its annual Costume and Charades party. The party, held during the 1950s and 1960s by the Browning family of Cottage #26, incorporated a ¨no-store-bought¨ element of vernacular design with the Read More »

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Tent Camping at Crystal Cove

Aug 10, 2018

It wasn’t an exaggeration when longtime Coveite Mike Fenderson described the heyday of Crystal Cove’s tent camping era as “going to live all summer at the beach.” Families pulled up to the sand over Memorial Day weekend with trucks and trailers full of supplies for ingenious tents that they lived in through Labor Day weekend. Read More »

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A Crystal Cove State of Mind

Jul 13, 2018

    Celebrating the Summertime Anniversary of Crystal Cove Beach Cottages “Happiness to All Who Visit This Cottage” “We feel like California time travelers …. we never want to leave. Don’t change a thing; everything is perfect!” This 2009 hand-written entry from the guest journal of restored historic cottage #29 is one of many reflections recorded Read More »

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Cottage #23 “Casita del Mar” on the North Beach

May 10, 2018

“We figured we were in the world’s perfect spot,” wrote one longtime resident of Cottage #23 — also known as “Casita del Mar.” Offering “splendid views from the deck,” the cottage dates from 1932 and is part of the mid-bluff grouping of the North Beach. Not much is known of the original builders, but drill Read More »

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North Beach Restoration: A Glimpse of the Future

Apr 13, 2018

Last year, Crystal Cove Conservancy commissioned artist Kevin Davidson to paint each of the 17 unrestored cottages in the North Beach area of Crystal Cove State Park depicting them as they will look upon completion of the Phase III restoration project. Kevin has been a Crystal Cove Park Interpretive Store artist for many years. His Read More »

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