Behind the Villetta, also called Villa Narcissa or simply "The Vanderlip Mansion" in Portuguese Bend is a beautiful stairway of 268 steps, lined by cypress trees,soaring to a spectacular lookout point where a white marble temple semicircle of Doric Columns .
Views of the Temple
Photos by Guy Nelson
Four Doric columns in a semicircle are reached by the path that defines the garden´s central axis. The pergola was designed by the Olmsted Brothers around 1924.
Aerial View showing Vanderlip Mansion estate on left, with staircase with Cypress trees in the rear going up to a "Temple " , a semicircle of Doric Columns. The Vanderlip Cottage is in the lower center of the picture next to the entrance to the Vanderlip Estate., with "La Casetta" to the right of The Cottage.
Elin Vanderlip in the Living Room of Villa Narcissa ( photo by Daily Breeze ). Elin Vanderlip, the widow of Kelvin Vanderlip, son of Frank Vanderlip Sr., the original developer of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, occupied the Vanderlip Mansion until her death in 2009 at the age of 90.
Villa Narcissa (Picture Courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Library District)
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