Welcome

The Chapman Estate, located at 1243 Ocean Boulevard in Shell Beach, Calif., has been an integral part of the Shell Beach community since Clifford Chapman purchased the property in 1962. He and Don Shidler, Chapman’s partner of almost 50 years, collected art and treasures from around the world that are now displayed in the house and on the grounds. They hosted numerous parties and opened the Estate for non-profit events. Clifford Chapman’s generous gift of his Estate to the City of Pismo Beach enables the Chapman Estate Foundation to continue these valued traditions, and to provide innovative cultural and artistic experiences while engaging patrons who wish to support the Estate.

The Chapman Estate Foundation supports cultural experiences and provides for the preservation of the Estate while honoring Clifford Chapman’s legacy. Donate here to the Chapman Estate Foundation.

History

The original name of the house was Artede

The Chapman Estate was developed over an extended period of years. The Guest House, known as the Gull Cottage, has a questionable history. However, the Rogers purchased it from Shell Beach resident, Henrietta Fletcher, around 1936. "It was sold to Arthur and Celia Rogers when they purchased the property. They purchased the first 3 lots for $10.00 in 1929 and gradually purchased 4.5 additional lots. The Rogers completed the original home, an English Tudor mansion formerly known as Artede, in 1930 and during their ownership, made improvements to the Estate. Arthur Rogers founded the Navy Oil Corporation in the Central Valley. The Rogers visited on weekends and moved to Shell Beach permanently in 1946. Clifford Chapman purchased 2.5 additional lots after acquiring the Estate in 1962.

The original home featured a driveway and garage which was later converted to the main entry and “refectory” or dining room. The front walkway replaced the driveway and included features such as the fountain, visible from the main gate. Rogers added the garage that opens onto Ocean Boulevard in 1948.

The windmill was added in 1934. A large pump, housed under the windmill, pumped the seawater directly into the pool. The windmill ran a smaller recycle pump taking the water out of the south end of the pool, over terra-cotta tiles covered with glass as a magnified solar heater, and returning heated water into the north end of the pool. No longer used for that purpose, the windmill is the iconic feature identifying the house both from the neighborhood and for boats or kayaks gliding along the ocean. The Estate is often referred to as the “Windmill House.”

The lighthouse is one of the iconic features of the Estate

The original concrete seawall was built in response to a hurricane or very large storm in 1935. Mr. Rogers filled an entire railroad car with cement and the seawall was built by hand. The lighthouse was built by Rogers in 1948 to provide privacy from adjacent properties. It was rebuilt by Clifford and Don when it began to deteriorate. The rip-rap seawall was added by them to protect the lighthouse and cliff. The wall surrounding the property on Ocean Boulevard was added as well as the new iron fence and gates.

Clifford Chapman was born and raised in Guadalupe. After serving in the Navy in Korea (1950 - 54), he returned to the Central Coast to attend Cal Poly and received 2 years of credit for his Naval training in Electrical Engineering. While attending Poly he took odd jobs and was hired by Arthur Marshall, owner of Marshall’s Jewelers in downtown San Luis Obispo. Chapman developed an interest in jewelry design and eventually became the manager. He purchased the store in 1960 and operated it until his retirement in 1993.

Chapman purchased the Estate in 1962. As a young child, traveling with his father along the coast, Clifford would often see the house. It came to have great meaning for him. Chapman and his longtime partner Don Shidler “got together on August 28th, 1964” according to an interview with Shidler (see video interview below). Don attended Cal Poly and received a B.S. in English. He later taught English in Santa Maria.

The Koi Pond was built prior to 1991, and the “Pavilion of 1000 Moons” was constructed in 2001 to shelter the koi from birds in search of a meal. Designed by local architect Steve Puglisi, it was built with materials from China. The solarium, which opens onto the main lawn, was also designed by Puglisi.

The driveway would later become the main entry

The Tudor style mansion became a hub for local and worldwide artists, musicians and writers after it was purchased by Clifford. It also became the location for non-profit fundraising events as well as neighborhood celebrations. Clifford and Don hosted annual fundraisers for Opera SLO, SLO Symphony, CAPSLO’s "Afternoon of Epicurean Delights.". They also hosted weddings and gatherings for family and friends.

In the trust, Clifford Chapman gifted his Estate to the City of Pismo Beach and in December of 2013 the City accepted the property (click here to read the eulogy given by Clayton Marsh for Clifford Chapman). Per Clifford’s directives, the Estate will be open for neighborhood gatherings, private occasions and other activities as well as to the designated non-profit organizations. No tours of the home are available at this time.

Foundation Board

The Chapman Estate Foundation was established in February of 2017, when former Chapman Estate Advisory Commissioners (CEAC) became members. They have brought invaluable knowledge of the Estate and its history, along with a working relationship with the Pismo Beach City Council, officials and staff. We continue to recruit additional board members.

Board Members

Kathy Teufel - President, CEO
Sue Beckett - Vice President
Beverly Pratt - Treasurer, CFO
Susan Rohan - Secretary
Tracey Buchanan - Director
Deborah Brooks - Director
Rena Dambly - Director
Jill DuFault - Director
Norma Gurba - Director
Joyce Green - Director
Laura Ochoa - Director
Hollie West - Director

City of Pismo Beach Liaisons

Gordon Jackson - Conference and Visitors’ Bureau Executive Director
Mary Ann Reiss - City Council member

Calendar

Access Schedule

Gates are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-1 p.m. and Fridays from 5 p.m. to dusk.

Events

Swingin' By the Sea 2021

Save the Date! This year's event will take place on September 18th from 2-5 p.m.

Interview

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of San Luis Obispo interviewed Clifford and Don for the LGBT History Project in 2006 at the Estate. The 30-minute interview gives unique insight into their personalities and includes many interesting details of their lives.

Volunteer

Photo Credit: Amy Joseph

Docents are Ambassadors for the Chapman Estate Foundation and the City of Pismo Beach. They provide information and guidance to enhance the visitors’ experience as well as increase public awareness of the Chapman Estate to the community.

During our “Gates’ Open” activities, docents are available for tours of the grounds.They are knowledgeable about the Estate' history and structures such as the Windmill, Begonia House, and Lighthouse. This information and identification of flowers, trees, sea animals and birds are included in the Docent Manual.

Gardeners duties include begonia care as well as pruning, planting, weeding and various projects on the estate.Volunteers are also needed for the annual, “Swingin’ by the Sea” fundraiser held each September. The Chapman Estate Foundation produces and benefits from this event.

Please complete the form at this link and a board member will contact you shortly.

See Inside

Here's a sneak peek inside the Chapman Estate!

Gallery

The Pavilion of 1000 Moons was constructed in 2001 to shelter the koi from birds in search of a meal. Photo: Blake Andrews | SLOtography Marshall’s stained glass window showcases Rose Chapman’s prize-winning begonias. Photo: Blake Andrews | SLOtography Refectory: Originally there was a fireplace where the window overlooks the Pacific. Photo: Blake Andrews | SLOtography The windmill is the feature that identifies the Estate from the neighborhood and for boats and kayaks on the ocean. Photo: Blake Andrews | SLOtography Swingin' by the Sea 2017: Listening to Café Musique. Photo: Blake Andrews | SLOtography Lighthouse with Avila Beach in the background. Photo: Blake Andrews | SLOtography Through generous donations of time, materials and 130 new begonia tubors, the Begonia House came alive with blooms again in 2017.  While the tubors slept this winter, the Chapman House Foundation has worked with volunteers and donors to repair and update the Begonia House for 2018.  Thanks to our many volunteers and donors, the Begonia House will be even better this year with even more blooms. Through generous donations of time, materials and 130 new begonia tubors, the Begonia House came alive with blooms again in 2017.  While the tubors slept this winter, the Chapman House Foundation has worked with volunteers and donors to repair and update the Begonia House for 2018.  Thanks to our many volunteers and donors, the Begonia House will be even better this year with even more blooms. Through generous donations of time, materials and 130 new begonia tubors, the Begonia House came alive with blooms again in 2017.  While the tubors slept this winter, the Chapman House Foundation has worked with volunteers and donors to repair and update the Begonia House for 2018.  Thanks to our many volunteers and donors, the Begonia House will be even better this year with even more blooms. Through generous donations of time, materials and 130 new begonia tubors, the Begonia House came alive with blooms again in 2017.  While the tubors slept this winter, the Chapman House Foundation has worked with volunteers and donors to repair and update the Begonia House for 2018.  Thanks to our many volunteers and donors, the Begonia House will be even better this year with even more blooms. Through generous donations of time, materials and 130 new begonia tubors, the Begonia House came alive with blooms again in 2017.  While the tubors slept this winter, the Chapman House Foundation has worked with volunteers and donors to repair and update the Begonia House for 2018.  Thanks to our many volunteers and donors, the Begonia House will be even better this year with even more blooms. Through generous donations of time, materials and 130 new begonia tubors, the Begonia House came alive with blooms again in 2017.  While the tubors slept this winter, the Chapman House Foundation has worked with volunteers and donors to repair and update the Begonia House for 2018.  Thanks to our many volunteers and donors, the Begonia House will be even better this year with even more blooms.

Donation Levels & Supporters


We would like to thank the following people and businesses for their ongoing support:


Chapman Steward; $50,000+

Pella Windows Corp

Chapman Guardian; $10,000+

RibLine Catering

Steward; $5,000+

Naomi Nelson
Silvia Dodd

Ambassador; $2,500+

Jeff McKeegan and Steven deLuque
Richard and Tracey Buchanan
Bonnie and Mac Brinton
Sue and Rod Beckett
Bev Pratt
Mary Ann Reiss

Sustainer; $1,000+

On the Spot Window Cleaning
Mighty Tidy Cleaning
Kathy Teufel
Lisa Kruitbosch
Joyce Green
Norma Gurba
Charcuter’Dee & Fromagerie
Santa Maria Plastering and Drywall

Supporter; $500+

Stacey King
Barb Richardville
Rena Dambly
Bradley Blisten & B Anthony Jewelers
Stacey King
Gordon Jackson
Laetitia Vineyard and Winery
Opolo Vineyards
Tolosa Winery
Vina Robles Vineyards and Winery
Inn at the Pier
SandCastle Hotel
California Fresh Market
Pure Blue UV Cleaning
Peak WiFi

Friends; $25-$499

Nancy Greenough
Sarah McDonough
Tracey Crisp
Studio 150
Roxanne Zarnegar
Trader Joe’s Market
Emily Myhre
Troy Smith – Pismo Beach Family Wellness
Judith and George Shepard
Ventana Grill and Sister Restaurants
Jim Lewis
Aestera – Shonra Weiss
Regina Gray
Sugarica Cookies
Annette Aviles
Leo’s Quality Appliance Repair
Paul and Laurel Carisle
Pilates Collective SLO
Katie Lamartina
Landy Fike and John Forsberg
Ed and Bernie Kurtz
Shelly Higginbotham
Kay Fernandez
Erik Howell
Marcie Lindvall
Terri Magnuson
Marcia Guthrie
Steven Dailey and Jeff Butcher
Sheila Blake
Else Drengler
Kathie Lamartina
David Cryden
Susan Rohan
Kevin & Amilia Pearce
Claiborne and Churchill Winery
Edna Valley Vineyards
Felten Cellars
Saucelito Canyon Vineyards
Tablas Creek Vineyards
Talley Vineyards
Avila Beach Resort Golf Club
Black Lake Golf Club
San Luis Obispo Country Club Golf
Santa Maria Golf Club
Buona Tavola Restaurant
Cracked Crab
Crushed Grape
Exfoliate Skin and Spa
Hair by Lindy Marshall
Harmony House Yoga
Jillian’s Permanent Makeup and Eyelash Extensions
Lido at Dolphin Bay
Miner’s Hardware
Marisol at The Cliffs
Novo Restaurant
Pico Restaurant

Begonia Club Members

Susan Rohan – Executive Board Director
Paul and Laurel Carlisle- Honorary Member
Landy Fike and John Forsberg
Sue and Rod Beckett
Jeannie Rogers
Judith and George Shepard
Edward Waage
Jim Lewis
Kathy Teufel
Lisa Kruitbosch
Tracey Crisp
Katchy Andrews

Artists

Tom Burgher- Coordinator
Ken Christensen
Lorraine Cote
Drew Davis
Paula DeLay
Jill Li
Jim Trask

Website

Brady & Kristen Teufel
Digital West

Contact


ChapmanEstateFoundation@Gmail.com