FIRST MURPHY HOUSE WELCOME CENTER

The Welcome Center at the First Murphy House is a source of historical and cultural information. It is a place for residents and visitors to browse through a Carmel history book, enjoy a video about the colorful people who shaped the character of this unique village, or meet and reminisce with friends. Enjoy a walking tour of downtown Carmel and visit the past. Many of the original buildings are still standing. Follow the map in the walking tour brochure. The First Murphy House is surrounded by a delightful garden of native plants. The Carmel Heritage Society is proud to have been selected by the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea to be the custodian of the First Murphy House.

A BIT OF MURPHY HOUSE HISTORY

The First Murphy House, constructed in 1902 by 17 year old Michael J. Murphy, was the first of many cottages and notable structures designed and built by Murphy. He had a significant influence on the character and architecture of the Village of Carmel during his career. In 1990, when the little cottage was in danger of being demolished, the First Murphy House Committee was formed under the auspices of the Carmel Heritage Society. The house was moved to its present site at the corner of 6th and Lincoln Avenues and has been completely restored.

MURPHY HOUSE LIBRARY

Carmel Heritage Society Board of Directors authorized the establishment of an Arts and Crafts Reference Library to provide information on the Arts and Crafts Movement for local designers, architects, contractors, planners and homeowners of our area. A grant of $2000 from the McMahan Foundation, and a gift of 20 Arts and Crafts books and periodicals from Docent Kathy Henney provided the impetus for our library. We have also received books from Barbara Bolgard, Buzz Schulte and Bill Strid.

Note: No material will be available for check out.

RENT THE FIRST MURPHY HOUSE

You can have your meeting or event in one of Carmel's premier historic homes.  Rentals include the full use of the house and a moderately equipped kitchen.  The facility will hold 30-40 people standing, with sitting for about 20.

RATES:  $100 per hour/$50 for nonprofit organizations. Call 831-624-4447 for more information