Montecito Magazine Spring 2019

unbathers, dog walkers, sandcastle builders and surfers alike have long cherished Miramar Beach—the sandy, south-facing expanse of Montecito coast extending from Eucalyptus Lane east to Fernald Point. In 1876 British expat Josiah Doulton purchased a 20-acre site on the bluffs above the beach and built a farmhouse and outbuildings, and by 1887 the Doulton family was welcoming guests from around the world to stay on the property. By the 1920s (below) a row of beachside board-and-batten cottages also lined the beach, which had already earned a reputation as one of the most beautiful in California. The Gawzner family purchased the property from the Doultons in 1939, and soon created the Miramar Hotel, which reigned as queen of the beach—with its distinctive blue roofs— for more than 60 years. The iconic hotel closed in 2000 and the site remained unused for nearly two decades. M y M iramar B each By Adele Menichella • Art by Hilda Kilpatrick-Freyre and Hank Pitcher Favorite Memories… S Circa 1920s photo of Miramar Hotel guests enjoying the beach. A 500-foot pier (in background) was built by Josiah Doulton to accommodate guests arriving by yacht. 33 PHOTO COURTESY DOULTON FAMILY. Painting © Hilda Kilpatrick-Freyre.