812 - Mary Ann Crocker dining Hall, 1918
Julia Morgan designed the Mary Ann Crocker Dining Hall in 1918 and built it on the site where the dining tent had been in use since 1913. The exterior cladding is granite stone veneer with wood shingles above the windows. The forward sloping roof includes four glazed dormers and a cupola on the center ridge beam. The entryway provides shelter from the elements for those waiting in the line at the start of meals. Morgan included bare redwood walls, high, open ceilings, exposed trusses, and a pair of fireplaces. To immerse diners in nature, she lined the walls with tall casement windows with transoms.
In 1960, architect John Carl Warnecke put his own stamp on the Crocker Dining Hall by adding the Woodlands and Seascape dining rooms on either side of the Morgan construction. His design honors Julia Morgan's precedent while adding more explicit Japanese influences and modern elements. To give the building a more contemporary feel he modified Crocker Dining Hall with single pane windows, removed the dormers (restored by 1999), and elevated the floor 18" to accommodated a mechanical heating and ventilation system.
Julia Morgan built a permanent structure in 1918. The Crocker family donated money to build the dining hall in honor of Mary Ann Deming Crocker. She was a philanthropist devoted to the future of women and California.
Today, the dining hall staff serves all of Asilomar’s guests.
You’ll know it’s time to eat when you hear the bell toll. The bell was added to the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall around 1915 -- it’s been calling guests to meals for nearly a century!
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