Beacon House was built in 1902 for H.J. Osborn, an investor from Cleveland, Ohio. The house was designed by California architects, Frank Wolfe and Charles McKenzie.
The book Cottages, Flats & Bungalows, 102 Designs from Wolfe & McKenzie by George Espinola describes their work:
“Wolf and McKenzie defined the residential character of San Jose during its transition from the Victorian to the modern era.”
In the book you can find the original plans for 468 Pine Avenue, Pacific Grove – the home that is now known as Beacon House.
Beacon House has an expansive floor plan for its time, including include a parlor, library and sitting room. Exquisite oval windows with decorative finish work are distinctive features of this era of architecture. A beautiful roof, wood pillars on the porch and in the interior, and the design of the central entry hall are stand-out, unique, and historical architectural elements. A Victorian-era style is evident throughout. The tower and bay windows feature original stained glass windows that give the mansion extra character.
During the 1950’s, the house became Pine Manor, a guesthouse. Later in 1961, through the benevolence of Samuel F.B. Morse (Founder and President of the Pebble Beach Company) the Beacon House was able to acquire this house for the benefit of generations of clients seeking help.
BEACON HOUSE: A VISUAL HISTORY
1902 – Construction of the Victorian Home Completed
Designed by Franck Wolfe and Charles McKenzie, construction of the house was completed
1950 – Welcome to Pine Manor
The house is converted to a guesthouse called, Pine Manor
1958 – Welcome to Beacon House
Beacon House begins, as a group of concerned citizens come together to develop a non-profit organization, providing a safe environment for those seeking sobriety.
1961 – Beacon House Acquires Pacific Grove, CA Property
Beacon House acquires the property through the benevolence of Samuel F.B. Morse, Founder and President of the famed Pebble Beach Company.
1964 – Non-Profit Status Achieved
Beacon House earns its official accreditation as a not for profit organization.
1970 – A Time of Transition
Beacon House transitions from a social model sober living facility, to a structured model of treatment facility.
1990 – The Carriage House
Renovation of the Carriage House at the Pine Avenue house is completed, to this day, AA meetings and special events are held in this historic structure.
2000 – Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
CARF accreditation achieved.
2010 – Remodel of Pine Avenue Property Completed
Beacon House Pine Avenue location in Pacific Grove is fully remodeled to protect and preserve the historical elements of the house.
2010 – More Programs Offered
Incorporation of additional evidence based treatments, enhancing clinical treatment services.
2011 – Pine Avenue Location Expands
Beacon House inpatient program increases its number of beds from 16-22, in turn, allowing to take in more residential patients.
2011 – Outpatient Services Launched
Full and half day outpatient programs are developed.
2011 – Incidental Medical Services Licensing
Beacon House adds an Incidental Medical Services License to the subacute detox and residential license.
2012 – Beacon House Debuts its “Beacon of Light” Newsletter
Distributed to Alumni, practitioners, community partners and leaders, Beacon House launches a new electronic newsletter, this newsletter is also featured via beaconhouse.org.
2012 – Beacon House Administration Offices
Welcome to the Beacon House Administration Offices.
2013 – Beacon House Awarded Non-Profit of the Year
The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce awards Beacon House as Non-Profit of the Year during their Annual Dinner & Awards reception at the InterContinental, The Clement Hotel in Monterey, California.
2013 – Beacon House Launches Full-Service Outpatient Services
Across the hall from the Lighthouse Avenue Administration Offices, Beacon House expands and launches their outpatient services.
2015 – Beacon House Debuts Innovative Surfing & Ocean Activities Experiential Program
Beacon House Alumni and former professional surfer, Darryl “Flea” Virostko heads up new program alongside, Carmel Surf Lessons Owner & Surfing Instructor, Noah Greenberg, MSW, LCSW.
2017 – Beacon House Expands Reach to Assist Military & Veterans
Coverage at Beacon House is expanded to include UnitedHealthcare Military and Veterans health care.
2018 – Beacon House Becomes Gateway Foundation Affiliate
As of March 1, 2018, Beacon House becomes a Gateway Foundation affiliate. The nonprofit partnership expands Gateway’s national alcohol and drug treatment programs to California, in turn, serving more Californians with the highest quality of addiction care.