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A Glimpse into the past of carmel-by-the-sea, CA

The vision of Carmel-by-the-Sea began in early 1903 as a seaside town on Carmel Beach in the pine forest right by Carmel Mission. Roads were built to curve around the trees to reflect its natural beauty. Over the next 20 years, as the community began to develop, teachers and professors from Stanford and UC Berkeley, as well as artists, poets, musicians, and actors flocked to the area.

Fast forward to 1930, under the guidance of the cultured and independent-minded, Mrs. Ida Theurer, the Colonial Terrace was built. Over the years, she created and expanded the Inn by developing a complex of well-designed buildings that blended in with the predominant Colonial Revival style during that time in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The Colonial Terrace combines a popular eastern building style with architectural elements from its surrounding community. The use of stylized cornices, door surrounds, traditional building materials, and colonial detailing is mixed with the more local elements of Carmel stone, veneers and decorative exterior wood shingling that give the hotel a clear "Carmel" look.

The Colonial Terrace Reflects historic architecture

 ‚ÄčThe shingled building housing the current lobby and lounge, is an example of Mrs. Theurer's creative designs that are evident within the hotel. After her trip to Oberammergau, Germany, in 1937, Mrs. Theurer hired a German carpenter to create the intricate exterior reflecting the small town's long tradition of woodcarving.

After nearly 90 years, The Colonial Terrace Inn continues to be shaped by its celebrated history. It exceeds Mrs. Theurer's original vision for this little Inn tucked within Carmel-by-the-Sea.
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