Wednesday, June 6
7:30 to 9:30AM
849 29th Avenue
Contact: Steve Bragato
Every interior designer likes to work on prestigious homes, but what do you do when someone offers you a castle? Come have breakfast on us located at our Oakland showroom, build some new connections and make some new friends as our speaker, Scott Cunningham, shares with us his work on the Sam Mazza Castle. On June 6th, Wooden Window and IOA Insurance Services will be hosting the latest in our series of Community Networking Breakfasts, at Wooden Window’s manufacturing facility 849 29th Avenue, Oakland, California.
Our featured speaker will be interior designer Scott Cunningham. Scott is an ASID Allied Member and a Certified Green Builder. He will be sharing examples of his work, and discussing the key aspects of the contractor/designer relationship. He’ll also take us on a tour his interior design of the Sam Mazza Castle in Pacifica, California, for which Wooden Window provided restoration services and replacement doors and windows.
The castle itself has a wonderful history, from its creation by Henry Harrison McCloskey and architect Charles MacDougal as an “earthquake-proof” reminder of Emily McCloskey’s childhood years in Scotland, to its incarnation as a 1922 speakeasy called the Chateau Lafayette. The castle has been a Coast Guard communications center, saw a brief, if questionable period as a “retreat for girls and women unwilling to become mothers”, and finally became the home of Annie Eakin and her 20 cats.
The building was eventually purchased by San Francisco painting and interior decorating contractor Sam Mazza. Although he never actually lived in the home, Sam saw to it that, on his death, the building would be retained and a portion of his estate would be used to create a charitable foundation. Today, the Sam Mazza foundation operates out of the castle.