History of the Monte Verde Inn

The records from the 1900s are a bit inconclusive, but the Monte Verde Inn apparently started as an apartment complex in downtown Carmel. Mary L. Hamlin owned the property in 1915, and in 1921 she built two buildings on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Monte Verde Street that were called the El Monte Verde Apartments. The property passed to Ethel P. Young in 1925 and the apartments were managed by her daughter, Virginia Stanton, whose husband, Robert, was a renowned Monterey Peninsula architect and builder. He built the Normandy Inn on the property in 1936, perhaps moving the apartment buildings around the corner to the hotel's current location just southwest of Ocean Avenue on Monte Verde. The initial mention of the Monte Verde Inn came in 1958 in the city directory. Robert Stanton designed a number of buildings in Monterey County, most notably the Monterey County Court House and the King City Joint Union High School Auditorium, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He also worked closely with renowned sculptor and artist Joseph “Jo” Mora on several of his projects. Richard and Virginia Stanton were both respected philanthropists later in their lives, including establishing the Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment Fund for The Community Foundation for Monterey County. Virginia Stanton was the party and entertainment editor of House Beautiful magazine and was one of the founders and a major donor for the Stanton Center and Maritime Museum, now home to the Museum of Monterey.

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LOCATION

Monte Verde Inn is located in the charming village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, on California’s Central Coast just north of the Big Sur Coast.

Monte Verde Inn is On Monte Verde Street, Between Ocean and 7th Avenues – Carmel, California, 93921.

Directions:

  1. From Highway 1, take Ocean Avenue into Carmel.
  2. Turn left on Monte Verde Street.
  3. We are on the first block off Ocean – on your right.
  4. Please note that Carmel does not have street numbers!

Carmel is an easy drive from the San Francisco Bay, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles areas. We are easily accessed by airports in San Francisco (2.5 hour drive), San Jose (1.5 hour drive) and Monterey (10 minute drive). Airport Shuttle service is available from both San Francisco and San Jose: www.montereyairbus.com

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