Rain Rocks Rock Shed

I have a series of photos taken over the past two weeks that shows the project. I thought my readers would be interested to see what has been going on.

This one was taken just before last week’s overnight closure. One can see the Rebar topping the shed in preparation for adding the roof.

Monday, July 9, 2012, I had the “pleasure” of driving between the rock shed and the mountain. That was an experience! This photo and the next two will give you a feel for that. I had to take these photos AS I WAS DRIVING with my iPhone, so excuse the quality. You get the idea.


Then, yesterday, Monday, July 16, 2012, I got to drive under the new shed. These photos depict that experience. Again, I was multi-tasking – taking photos while driving. This time with my Nikon.





And there you have it! You have now “driven” thru what is sure to become a world-famous rock shed via the miracle of cyberspace! Quite a feat. It is scheduled to be completed by Spring of 2013.

15 thoughts on “Rain Rocks Rock Shed

  1. Stunner! Not just the structure but intrepid reporter Kate on the loose, too fabulous. It really does look superb, well worth a visit. Thanks for the preview.

  2. Awesome Kate, have heard the flatbed trucks coming down Hwy 1 from the North all last week from 9pm on, sounded like the buses going to the Big Sur Marathon, was down at Limekiln the week before they began the big top, this looks amazing, fits right into our Hwy 1 beauty of a coastline. Thanks for the photos, was visualizing what it may look like and you expanded that for me. Love to you.

  3. I had no idea the design was going to be so fortress-like, but if it works that’s what counts. It really is beautiful, even if man-made. A new iconic structure for the Big Sur! Do you have a link to the story behind the design/building? They’re poured prefab units? Great photos.

  4. Actually, I was on the design committee, along with a couple others. What I’ve witnessed is built and poured on site. No prefab. Outside of my blog, I know of no other link to the story behind design/building. I have a page on it, but have been remiss. I should add the story of the design committee. Besides community reps, there were CT structural and design engineers. I wish I’d kept my notes. The design was a year-long process. I also need to gather my main page posts, and copy them to the Pitkin’s Curve/Rain Rocks page. Now that I am getting ready to retire, maybe I will have time!

  5. So cool to see the progress. Too bad I don’t still live there I could take another trip up on the crane and get some shots. Thanks for sharing these Kate. Love & miss you.

  6. Jim, this place is called “rain rocks” because that is what it does. It’s geology is different than the area immediately surrounding it. Every time I drove under it, I was always watching out for falling rocks. It has always been very dangerous. Rock Knocker got his Name from scaling this area with other CT rock climbers, to loosen and dispell rock from the top of this area as a way of pre-empting Mother Nature, before she let loose here. Those of us on the south coast who travel this area, sometimes daily, are very happy to see this rock shed erected. I have a photo I posted on my rain rocks page, I think, of a dawn patrol where Rock Knocker and I came upon a rock the size of a VW beetle, or larger. Closed both lanes until it could be blasted out. It has a very long history of messing with the traveling public.

  7. .It is really nice to hear all your comets about how great this structure looks I will share your comets with the crews that build the top girders of the rock shed. The men and women that built this really take pride in their work as it shows.

  8. I’m sending this comment, or similar, privately, and I hope to get photos up tomorrow, but the inside of the shed is really nice, looking like rock.congrats on a great job.

  9. I passed the Bridge last Sept. 2018, so surprised and touching to see the history of arch 2000 years right in front of me. I wish there would be a stop-over for us to take photo.
    Please send my thank to the crews who spent time and skill and arts to built it.
    I also thank the feedback from staff of University of California Santa Cruz.

  10. Myself and one other person did the stain work on the project. It was a fantastic time and and I have been doing stain work all over the state. GSB. Golden State Bridge erected the structure. Randell Tannehill and Randy Olhiser did the stain work.over a two year period.

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