"Sugar Pine Point State Park" Sugar Pine Point State Park by Yaqui

The Pine Lodge was the summer home of the Hellman-Ehrman family who co owned Well Fargo Co. Issaias Hellman, was wealthy San Franciscan bought over 1,000 acres of land surrounding the mouth of General Creek (named for the former resident, General William Phipps) Mr. Hellman loved this area so he hired architect, William Danforth Bliss.
It was not an easy task since the soil was very sandy content so huge loads of topsoil had to be hauled in by wagon to stabilize the hillside for the main house to be built. The granite was brought in from Meeks Bay which helped stabilize the foundation for the massive residence, and local timbers were used for the roof supports, which you see from the main entrance. The rest of the construction materials that could not be provided within the vicinity was delivered by steamer. The road like many back then was nothing more than a cow path between Sugar Pine Point and Tahoe City, so supplies came regularly from ships.

Ehrman Mansion

Although, they only stayed two months, they employed over 30 personnel such as caretakers, chauffeurs, maids, cooks, laundry workers, groundskeepers, gardeners, tailors and boatman. Plus, they had to provide even housing, so at least half a dozen buildings had to be maintained on the property. Following Hellman's death in 1920 the property was bequeathed to his daughter, Florence Ehrman who enterained regularly here during their summer stay.

By 1965, the State of California purchased the 1,989 acre property for use as a State Park. During summer months, tours of the Mansion and grounds are conducted several times daily and the inside of home is so lovely. Closed the winter season, visitors can get a feel for the enormity of the once vast estate by just wondering around the grounds and the other buildings. Of course the view probably wasn’t as obstructed since the pine trees have grown, but I am sure the view from the porch is stunning.

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  • Last visit to Sugar Pine Point State Park: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Oct 11, 2009
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    This looks like my kind of place for a peaceful holiday. Love Ehrman Mansion!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2010 at 3:43 AM

    The Ehrman Mansion is simply stunning and love the 1872 Log Cabin. A great Park to bring the family for sure.

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2009 at 4:28 AM

    That does look like some frigid water but such a gorgeous spot. Love the Pine Lodge. It would be a grand place to stay!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2009 at 4:43 AM

    Ehrman Mansion is quite a "summer home". Wonderful that all this beauty and history has been saved. The Gov. Phipps Cabin is also a terrific save. Another excellent page, Dee.

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Imagine having so much money that you could afford that as a summer cottage! Lovely page Dee :-)

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Wonderful rainbow picture over that bridge...you have found another marvellous place, Dee....we are thinking of driving today but the twins are still playing at home, Norman :)

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Sounds a lovely place to explore.The mansion is a fascinating piece of architecture.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Good that the State of California had enough money back then to buy this beautiful property for use as a state park! (Unlike today . . .)


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