AMAP was instrumental in saving the wings of the Old Del Monte Hotel (currently the Naval Post Graduate School) from demolition in 2006.

Our Mission

To Educate the community about the value of recognizing, preserving, securing, and displaying the Monterey area's historic assets for public benefit.

To Support activities which interpret and share the Monterey area's rich cultural heritage with residents and visitors.

To Encourage residents to be advocates for ideas, programs, and plans which contribute to the understanding of the Monterey area's cultural, ethnic, artistic, and architectural legacy.

Please help us save the historic integrity
of the A.M. Allan “Stone House”
at Point Lobos Ranch



Hearing on the owner’s plans to renovate and add on to the historic Stone House.
SCHEDULED: 9:00 A.M.  Wed., July 12 
LOCATION:  Monterey County Government Center - Board of Supervisors Chambers 168 W. Alisal St. Salinas, CA 93901

Plan to attend, write or email today!

Help preserve the historic integrity of the AM Allan House by attending and speaking at the Planning Commission hearing, or by sending a comment to:

Monterey Planning Commission 
Re: PLN 150133   
c/o  Dee Van Donselaar, Associate Planner
Monterey County Resource Management Agency
114 Schilling Place---South, 2nd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
Or Email to: donselaardv@co.monterey.ca.us and McDougalM@co.monterey.ca.us 

The original structure was used by Portuguese Whalers as a Saloon, Store, and Stage Coach Stop in the 1870’s and later became the manager’s home for the Mal Paso Mine Company.  When purchased by Alexander MacMillan Allan in 1898 and “fixed up” for his family to live in, this was known as the “Big House”.  Allan’s Point Lobos Ranch grew to more than  2000 acres including the remaining lots of the 1878 Subdivision at Point Lobos named ”Carmelito”.  He spent the next decades re-acquiring the lots that had been sold.  Without the Allan family efforts, we might not have our beautiful Point Lobos State Reserve today.

AMAP is pleased that the new owners decided not to demolish the Stone House as they originally proposed, but still have concerns that historic integrity will be lost with some elements of the current plans.  The historic granite block fireplace, quarried from the Point Lobos Quarry (1854-1858) hearth and face are to be demolished and retaining the original post and beam construction is not in the plan.

Historic Granite Fireplace and Post and Beam construction

Interior view from 2014 real estate listing (still found on the internet) showing the historic granite fireplace quarried from Point Lobos, built between 1878 and 1898, and still in use.  The “Carmelo Granite Quarry”, located at the present day’s Point Lobos Whalers Cove parking lot, operated from 1854-1858 and supplied granite for the Old Monterey Jail, U.S. Mint and Fort Point in San Francisco and the Mare Island Shipyard. Also note redwood post and beam construction.  Is this from the original Portuguese Whaler’s Saloon in 1878 or the 1898 A. M. Allan remodel?

For more information, please contact:
Nancy Runyon,  831-649-8132 or nancy@nancyrunyon.com

Cheap and Thin
Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright

Pacific Grove resident and AMAP board member Dr, Raymond Neutra's book on his family's relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright is available on Amazon. Learn about the development of Neutra's mid-century "California Modern." 

What is the psychological process whereby one person inspires and influences another? In this richly illustrated book, Dr. Raymond Richard Neutra traces the forty-year relationship between his parents and the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The author's father, the pioneer modern architect Richard Neutra, immigrated to the United States in the early 1920's with the dual motivation of working for his idol Frank Lloyd Wright and for exploring the American industrial potential for economical and light weight housing, schools, medical facilities and other "architecture of social concern." He brought his young wife with him to work for Wright in the last part of 1924 and they maintained a correspondence with Wright over the next forty years until the great man's death.

Within nine years of his arrival in the United States Richard Neutra's writings on American building practices and technology and his 1927-29 steel framed "Lovell Health House" and plan for a prefabricated Ring Plan School won him a place in the 1932 MOMA "International Style" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Wright's early cordiality changed to vitriol when he characterized those projects as "Cheap and Thin." Although meant as an insult, the characterization revealed a recognition of the different direction that Richard Neutra's goals had given to the basic strategies that Wright had developed twenty years earlier: Neutra wanted to develop an economic and light way to deploy technology and nature for a happy and healthy life.

The book quotes from the many letters exchanged between Wright and the Neutra's and recounts family memories of visits between them. It then explores the substantial influence of Wright on Neutra and how Neutra adapted, adopted and added strategies and design features to gradually develop what was to become mid-century "California Modern."

Purchase on Amazon



In 1924, Salinas had the highest per capita income of any city in the United States. During the growing seasons of the Great Depression, the volume of telephone and telegraph transmissions originating in Salinas was greater than that of San Francisco. This activity was reflected in a burst of building construction, many employing the streamlined shapes and organic patterns of Art Deco or Art Moderne. Many examples remain, including the National Register-listed Monterey County Courthouse and the Salinas Californian newspaper building.

Photographs of these and many other structures can be seen in their brochure which includes a street map of downtown identifying their locations. Several other notable structures are also highlighted, including the Victorian house where John Steinbeck was born.

Link to Brochure

The Cooper-Molera Adobe
Allan House
Pt. Lobos Ranch

Allan House

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