California Historical Landmarks in Monterey County
California Historical Landmark 839
16th Street and Central Avenue
The first Chautauqua in the West was organized at Pacific Grove in June 1879 for the presentation of 'moral attractions' and 'the highest grade of concerts and entertainments.' Known worldwide as 'Chautauqua-by-the-Sea,' it made Pacific Grove an unequaled cultural center.
Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation