View of the beach, waves and cliffs near 17th Avenue. The three-story building in the background is the Santa Maria del Mar Hotel, later known as Villa Maria del Mar. In April 1891, James Corcoran, Patrick Moran and Henry Johans donated land to the Catholic Ladies Aide Society to establish a resort for "Catholic women of restricted means." (Santa Cruz County. p. 59) To defray the costs of the building and grounds, the Hotel del Mar, as it was also known, was used a resort for paying guests during the summers, at least until 1896. The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary purchased it in 1963 as a retreat home.
Date: after 1891
Place: Santa Maria Point (Black Point) in Live Oak area
Sources of Information: Museum of Natural History; Santa Cruz County. pp. 59-60, Clark. pp. 236-237; Live Oak Folks. p. 21
Related Article: Church Groups Found a Haven in Santa Cruz in the 1800s
Original size: 8 1/4" x 6 1/4"
This photograph is courtesy of the Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History.