Tour Locations | Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fairy Tale Houses Walking Tour
LOCATION 20 | Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fairy Tale Houses Walking Tour
Look to your right across the road at the house on the corner of Santa Fe Street and you'll see Hugh Comstock’s Studio.
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Stop here for a moment while I go over a bit of the history.
By 1927, Hugh Comstock’s whimsical fairy tale style take on the popular English Tudor architecture was catching on in Carmel, and he found himself in the design and construction trade. He and his staff had outgrown their current office which was in Comstock’s personal residence.
Hugh built his studio on the lot next door to his residence. He built the house in three distinct sections between 1927 and 1937. The entrance to his studio was on the left side of the building directly across from the wooden French doors on the east side of his residence, which we will see next on this tour.
The first section of "The Studio," visible from Sixth Avenue features a dormer acting as a door shield over a pair of diamond-paned leaded-glass wooden French doors. Comstock carried the diamond-paned leaded-glass element to the east where the roof steps down over a small arched wood casement window. His signature Carmel stone fireplace anchors this section.
Comstock continued using the charming county look of leaded glass, and added a "hyphen" to the studio in 1936. This glazed hall gallery features a pair of tall diamond-pane leaded glass windows supported by a low Carmel stone wall flanking a pair of wood and glass double doors. A year later an office was added off the hall gallery to complete the third section of "The Studio."
Now continue walking down Sixth Avenue to the Comstock Residence next door.