Cayucos Garden Club recently presented its fourth, “Business Beautification Award,” to The Cass House “in recognition of their efforts to enhance its appearance using plant life and garden art,” according to a news release from the Garden Club.
Cass House is the historic home of Capt. James Cass the founder of Cayucos, who built the home in the 1870s. The Victorian-style home stood empty for many years, looking like a haunted-mansion and slowly being lost to the ravages of time and the marine weather.
In the 1990s an epic refurbishing of the historic building was begun, outlasting more than one effort. Many thought the Cass House a money pit.
Eventually, after years and at great expense, the Cass House was reborn and stands today as one of the finest Victorian-style homes on the Central Coast.
Cass House, located at 222 S. Ocean Aven., is now a small B&B, its grounds a beautiful garden. A few years ago, Cass House added an outdoor café, with a covered patio dining room, and opened to the general public. The upscale café greatly improved Cayucos’ main intersection at Ocean Avenue and Cayucos Drive.
Pictured are members of Cayucos Garden Club, helper Logan, and Cass House owner, Traci Hozie, accepting the award. Submitted photo