The Beacon HouseSM is located just minutes from the scenic Monterey Bay coastline, as well as the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, nearby gates of Pebble Beach and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Founded in 1958 and later moving into a cherished, Victorian-era mansion in 1961, the Beacon House is proud to call the quaint, coastal town of Pacific Grove, California, home.
Founded by Mary Clark Ross, an alcoholism educator and Dr. Donald Taugher, the Beacon House was among the first 12-Step residential treatment centers in the Western United States. Ross had worked for years with Marty Mann, the President and Founder of the National Council on Alcoholism, as well as serving as an early advocate for alcoholism treatment. It is important to note that Mann was the first documented sober woman in Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12-Step approach remains at the core of the programs offered at Beacon House.
The Beacon House received significant early financial support from Samuel F.B. Morse, Founder of the neighboring community and resort of Pebble Beach. Morse, a famous philanthropist and visionary, helped to make possible, this invaluable resource to the thousands that have walked through the doors at the Beacon House. Today, the Beacon House is a successful not-for-profit organization, supported in-part by the generosity of donors and alumni.
With over half a century of treatment experience, the Beacon House continues their recovery commitments both during and after treatment, offering a truly unique stepping stone to a lifetime of recovery from alcohol and other drugs. Beyond the day-to-day work with clients, the Beacon House Leadership works diligently and is committed to the advancement of modern treatment solutions. Through an Advisory Board, the Beacon House is bringing the world’s most innovative thinkers to California’s Central Coast, sharing the latest advances in research and medical science, contributing to the evolving field of addiction treatment.
The Beacon House, originally built in 1902, became home to H.J. Osborn, an investor from Cleveland, Ohio. The house, designed by California architects, Frank Wolfe and Charles McKenzie, each known for their distinctive style, emerged as one of the grandest showpieces on the Monterey Peninsula. Wolfe and McKenzie designed hundreds of structures, primarily residences, throughout Northern California. According to the book Cottages, Flats & Bungalows, 102 Designs from Wolfe & McKenzie by George Espinola, “Wolf and McKenzie defined the residential character of San Jose during its transition from the Victorian to the modern era.” Included in this book are plans for 468 Pine Avenue, Pacific Grove, the home that is now known as the Beacon House.
Among the many rooms which include a parlor, library and sitting room, the Beacon House was designed with an expansive floor plan for its time. Exquisite paned oval windows on the front of the second story with “spiked” decorative devices are distinct exterior features highlighting the era. The beautiful gabled roof, use of pillars on the porch and in the interior, and the design of the central entry hall are stand-out architectural elements. Victorian-era style is evident throughout, especially in the rounded tower, bay windows and rich use of stained glass.
During the 1950’s the house was sold and converted to become Pine Manor, a “guesthouse”. Later in 1961, through the benevolence of Samuel F.B. Morse (Founder and President of the famed Pebble Beach Company) the Beacon House was able to acquire this house for the benefit of generations of clients seeking help.
Today, the house, considered a historic gem, remains true to its roots, showcasing and maintaining the numerous architectural features and its cherished heritage.