Sam Mazza Foundation

Pacifica, California
Built in 1908 as a haven for the earthquake-rattled Henry Harrison McCloskey (grandfather of former congressman Pete McCloskey), the castle served as a home, speakeasy, rum-runner signaling station, abortion clinic, and U.S. Coast Guard lookout during World War II. Despite its turbulent history, however, this castle story has a happy ending. In the care of the Sam Mazza Foundation, the magnificent estate will remain a treasured Pacifica landmark for all to enjoy. Although, the seaside climate contributed to the corrosion of the castle’s stained glass, Helios Art Glass has restored damaged and deteriorating leaded and zinc windows throughout the castle.