Pacifica, California: Sam's Castle

Built in 1908 by Henry Harrison McCloskey as a post-SF earthquake domicile, the 24-room concrete block and steel reinforced castle was owned by eccentric Sam Mazza for decades. Open one day each month for tours by the historical society.
900 Mirador Terrace, Pacifica, CA
US Hwy 1 exit 507, turn right on Oceana Blvd, go 7/10 mi, turn left on Paloma Ave, then right on Mirador Terrace, which is a very steep hill.
Tours one day each month, by appt. (Virus outbreak may affect access to attraction. Call to verify.)
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Pacifica Castle

Pacifica Castle is open to public for two weekends in August - it's a fundraiser so there's a small charge. You can wander around the rooms checking out the antiques and old movie props. Docents in period costumes tell the history of the house and its owners. Great views of the ocean. Quirky stories and collectibles.

[Loco4LLamas, 10/27/2013]

McCloskey's Castle.

Pacifica Castle

House in shape of castle, complete with big chess pieces and bronze dragons on the roof.

[Kim Wheeler, 09/08/2013]

McCloskey Castle, built in 1908, became Sam's Castle when Sam Mazza bought it in 1959; he died in 2002. Recently renovated, open infrequently to tours, arranged via the Pacifica Historical Society.

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