McCloskey Castle aka Sam's Castle


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900 Mirador Terrace

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Built in the wake of the 1906 earthquake as a family refuge away from San Francisco by H. H. McCloskey, attorney for the Ocean Shore Railroad. Since then, the castle has been home to a wide variety of interesting occupants. They have ranged from an illegal abortion clinic and a Prohibition-era speakeasy the "Chateau Lafayette" to a communications center for the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II to guard against Japanese saboteurs potentially coming ashore from their submarines.

In 1959, Sam Mazza, a theater painter/decorator for 20th Century Fox, purchased the Castle and created a museum of theater decor; decorating it with period pieces, artwork and decorative items that had been used in films or onstage.


Tours

Periodically offered by the PHS visit http://pacificahistory.org/castle-tour/ for information on the next tour.

Foundation

The castle is home to the Sam Mazza Foundation. The Sam Mazza Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation established by the estate
of our founder Sam Mazza in October of 2005. Since its inception the foundation has granted over $2,500,000 to qualified ยง501 (c)(3) organizations who work to improve their communities through the arts, education, or addressing quality of life concerns.
//http://www.sammazzafoundation.org///


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Sam's Castle

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