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Continued: Mansions and wild beauty mark parts of Lake Tahoe

  • Article by: RON COBB , St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Last update: March 8, 2014 - 2:00 PM

He died in 1923. A short-lived marriage to Harry French Knight followed.

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

The summer home conceived by Isaias Hellman is the largest of these three mansions, comprising 11,703 square feet. Its wide front porch faces Lake Tahoe just beyond a lawn shaded by towering pines.

Hellman was born in Bavaria in 1842 and followed his dreams to California at age 17. Within a year he had purchased the Nevada Bank of San Francisco. At his death in 1920 at age 77, he was director, chairman or president of six banks on the West Coast.

The summer home was completed in 1902, and Hellman and his descendants used the home, called Pine Lodge, from 1903 to 1965, when Hellman’s granddaughter sold it to the state of California. It is now part of Sugar Pine Point State Park.

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