Tor House and Hawk Tower


26304 Ocean View Avenue
Carmel, California 93923


(831) 624-1813


Robinson Jeffers was one of the most critically acclaimed poets and playwrights of the mid-20th Century and a leading voice of the 60s peace movement. His rise and fall from critical grace was swift, but he has endured as one of the seminal voices of American culture and politics.

Jeffers and his wife, Una, happened upon the site where the Tor House now stands and knew that they had found their "inevitable place." Using granite boulders from the Carmel cliffs, Jeffers built a refuge for his family and composed his acclaimed works inside, including his 1947 adaption of "Medea." In the 1920s, Jeffers began building Hawk Tower, a castle-like structure where whimsy and imagination were meant to flourish. Jeffers built the structures with his own hands, and the loving detail is evident in every nook and cranny. Many famous guests, including Langston Hughes and Charlie Chaplin, called upon the Jeffers at Tor House.

Guided tours are kept purposefully small so visitors can experience the property in an intimate manner.


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