McCloskey Castle aka Sam's Castle

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.


Periodically offered by the PHS visit for information on the next tour.


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.


Sam's Castle

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