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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, Carmel
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  • Arrived here just before closing. Since we were departing th next day the docent offered to give us a private tour. The grounds are georgous and the views breathtaking. Robinson Jeffers was an incredi...  more »
  • Went on a tour here 7 years ago and signed up to become a docent. A few months training and reading later, I began to lead tours. Each tour has the same basic info, but the docents all include a littl...  more »
  • I like seeing new sites locally however I had no idea what the Tor House was... I originally begrudgingly went with my husband as part of a class he was taking at our local community college. Definite...  more »
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  • We had a great tour guide. He was very passionate about Jeffers and his poetry. He recited different poems to us as they pertained to different areas of Jeffers life, home, or relationship with the environment. We didn't really know anything about Jeffers going into the tour, we just thought that the house, tower, and grounds looked really neat. But our guide helped us understand the importance of Jeffers work and that made the grounds themselves even more fascinating. We did have two English teachers and a librarian in our group so we were predisposed to enjoy learning about a poet, but still I would say that anyone who enjoys Monterey and learning about its history would like this tour experience.
  • After taking 17 mile drive and seeing the coast and ethereal fog that clings to that part of the bay you really get a better insight into why Jeffers wrote the way he did. The grounds are beautiful, the staff was very nice and it's simply wonderful place to visit. Parking was very easy too!
  • I went here last year with some friends and had such a good time! The tour guide was so passionate and educated and shared poetry with us about every bit of the house. It was beautiful!
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  • Robinson Jeffers and his wife one bought lands in Carmel Point in the spring of 1919, since mid-May hired Mike Murphy, a developer established in Carmel, to build a stone house in Carmel Point. Bricklayer Murphy began to work in the House immediately, and Jeffers signed later as an apprentice, was able to complete the project in mid-August. Originally, the House had a bedroom, a kitchen, a living room, a bathroom and an attic. Shortly after that the cottage was completed, the own Jeffers would begin to build a separate garage and a low wall enclosing a courtyard. Completed in 1920, and then began to work on a tower that would take him four years to complete. After ceasing its stone work for a year or two, he then began working in a dining room that would be completed in 1930. In 1937, Jeffers began working in an East Wing that he thought to serve as a home for his boys, that were both in their 20s by then. It was not able to finish this last project due to the decrease in health, but his son, Donnan was able to complete it. The stone property style varies widely, from rectangular, cut stone from the original cabin, to the rock-that-is set to stone garage and House extensions, the character savagely pocked and twisting of Hawk Tower, to the minimalist work of Donnan Jeffers in the East Wing. Stone from 1924 works tend to include an abundance of fragments from around the world, including stone, and different sizes. A good number of citations is also recorded on the stone and woodwork of the House. The House was lit by oil lamps until 1949, when one, dying of cancer, allowed that the House was connected to electricity.
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