Villa Narcissa, more commonly referred to as the Vanderlip Mansion, was constructed by Frank Vanderlip in the 1920's, and was one of the first homes constgructed on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Frank Vanderlip is known as "The Father of Palos Verdes". During the 1940's, Villa Narcissa, then occupied by Kelvin Vanderlip, Frank Vanderlip's son, hosted many Hollywood celebrities. Myrna Low, had lived there before World War II, and Paulette Goddard and Burgess Meredith had honeymooned there. In 1946, Kelvin hosted his good friend Ted Geisel (a.k.a "Dr. Seuss", the famous childrens book author) during the summer. In 1946, Kelvin married Elin Regine Brekke, of Norwegian descent. Dr. Seuss, in 1949, dedicated his book "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" to his godson, Kelvin, Jr., the son of Kelvin and Elin Vanderlip. Elin Vanderlip continues to live in Villa Narcissa to this day.
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