by James B Toy
James B Toy
Photograph - Digital
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This magnificent stone house on Carmel Point was built by Edward "Ted" Kuster a former Los Angeles attorney who founded Carmel's Golden Bough Theater in the early 1920s. Kuster built this house in an attempt to lure back his former wife Una, who had run off to Carmel with the famous poet Robinson Jeffers.
Jeffers had built the now famous Tor House less than a block away, and Kuster decided that if Una wanted to live in a big stone house he'd just build a better one. Alas, the effort failed, but the story has a happy ending. Kuster remarried, the two wives became close friends and their kids grew up playing together.
The story includes a personal footnote. In the early 1990s when I worked at the Golden Bough (then a cinema) I researched the history of the theater. When I told my mother what I had learned about Ted Kuster she said "Oh, yes, Ted Kuster was our neighbor in Carmel Valley when you were born, and he brought you a baby gift." So I feel a small connection to the builder of this house.
Photo Copyright James B. Toy
May 17th, 2015
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