You can see the original gatehouse to the Vanderlip Estate at the gated entrance of Narcissa Drive into the Portuguese Bend community just off of Palos Verdes Drive South. The Gatehouse was built by Mr. Vanderlip and was modeled after an Italian roadside chapel, which was occupied by Michaelangelo when he received his commission to paint the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel. It has a room off the entrance designed as a chapel with high beamed ceilings, a courtyard off of the chapel, a bedroom, kitchen and a courtyard with a fountain . It is currently occupied and is being beautifully restored by the current owners. The home has also become the center of the Portuguese Bend Art Colony.
Portuguese Bend Gatehouse
Entrance to Gatehouse / Gatehouse rose garden
For more interesting things about the Palos Verdes Peninsula and it's history see Palos Verdes Secrets & Little Known Facts
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