Laguna Tower – The Pirate’s Tower in Laguna Beach

A 18 meter castle-inspired tower, was built at the same time as the house at the top of the bluff, and was used as a way to get from the house down to the beach. In 1926 a senator from Los Angeles, William E. Brown, bought the property and built the tower to provide his family access to the beach.

The beach tower is made of poured concrete with an ocean stone foundation and cone-shaped roof made of shingles. A spiral staircase leads from the cliffs above, down through the tower, and to the beach below. The inspiration for the design of the house and the tower can be traced to the time Mr. Brown and his wife, Mary Eleanor, spent in France at the end of World War I.

In the early 1940s, Brown sold his home to a retired naval captain, Harold Kendrick. Kendrick was a lifelong pirate aficionado and found himself attracted to the home because of the odd tower. As the story goes, he would dress up like a pirate and hide coins and candy in the nooks and crannies between the rocks of the tower, so that the local kids could go hunting for the buried treasure.

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