Carmel-by-the-Sea is fighting for its history. Once an enclave of artists and fishermen, the city by the bay is fighting for its old world European charm. There is a frenzy of construction overwhelming the city, with new money trying to impose their will on a once bucolic and idyllic small town.
But Periwinkle and Sea Urchin is trying to fight to maintain its heritage. Built in 1915 the twin cottages has been inhabitable inside but they are trying to have a compromise. The new owners will have to preserve the facade of the old home to be incorporated in the single home they plan to build. It is a landmark but the decision to completely demolish them by the Coastal Commission will be decided in January.
Marked on the archway of the main doors are the name “Periwinkle” and “Sea Urchin”. It is considered bad luck by Carmelites to change the original names of old homes. It is a city where homes have names but no numbers.
The founding fathers of Carmel didn’t want their town to be “citified” so there are no mail deliveries and mailboxes. The post office has become a social hub for people picking up their mail.
Maybe Carmel is slowly losing its old romantic charm as newly built homes are replacing the old fishermen cottages with modern glass structures. They now how a big mall not too far from the Carmel Mission. But I hope Periwinkle and Sea Urchin win its fight for what is a place without history.