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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.
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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