Nitt Witt Ridge, a fun, crazy, artistic California Registered Historical Landmark #939, is a house on 2 1/2 acres in Cambria. Reclusive artist Arthur “Art” Harold Beal bought his hillside lot in 1928 and spent most of the next 50 years carving out the terraces with only a pick and shovel and creating his own “castle on a hill.” Some parts of the dwelling are remnants from Hearst Castle, where he reportedly worked for a time. Other common building materials include beer cans, abalone shells, concrete, washer drums, car rims, tile, car parts, and old stoves. This blend of native materials and contemporary elements, impressive in its sheer mass and meticulous placement, is a revealing memorial to Art’s unique cosmic humor and zest for life. The suggested donation is $10 per person for a 40-minute tour.
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