HUGH COMSTOCK’S FAIRYTALE COTTAGES BY THE SEA
Carmel -by-the Sea has enchanting architecture. But the most enchanting to me are the fairytale cottages built by Hugh Comstock. Hugh’s wife, Mayotta, made and sold rag dolls that she named “Otsy -Totsys”. When her dolls outgrew their home , she asked Hugh to build her a Doll House to use for her sales and as a showroom. And so he built
In 1925, Hugh and Mayotta decided to build a second house on their parcel of land and named it
For more about Hansel click on the following links:
And in that same year, they built still another home of adobe and Carmel stone. I love the hand carved trim on
For more about Obers, also known as The Comstock House click on the following links
I recently located SNOW WHITE’S SUMMER PLACE. It has been for sale and was looking a little neglected.
The Tuck Box was built in 1927. Because of its unusual location it was built on skids in case the owner wanted to move it. It was first used as a restaurant in the early 1930’s and was named “Sally’s”. The building just to the rear was also built by Comstock in 1929 and was used as a garden shop, and much later as The Tuck Box Gift Shop. The kiosk next to the patio gate was added in 1931.
The Tuck Box and The Garden Shop
For more about the Tuck Box click on this link
Hugh was beginning to need a studio from which to work. Later it became the residence of Mayotta Comstock.
For more about the Studio click on
In the next year, Hugh really outdid himself. Demand for his cottages was strong and he built.
THE BIRTHDAY HOUSE
THE DOLLS HOUSE
In 1929, just before the stock market crashed, he built
And Curtain Call
There are still more Comstock cottages in Carmel, but I have not located and photographed them yet. But I will…..
If you too want to find them all ,The CALIFORNIA VISITORS CENTER on San Carlos between 5th & 6th will give you a list with their locations.
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