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Original Development Plans for Palos Verdes Project

The original development plans for the Palos Verdes Project proposed by Frank Vanderlip and E.G. Lewis , the developer brought in by Mr. Vanderlip in the early 1920’s , included a number of very exciting proposals which were never implemented.  These included:

1)      A breakwater was proposed in Lunada Bay which would have created a sandy swimming beach. A clubhouse was proposed to accommodate bathing and beach parties.



2)      A Marina and yacht club was proposed to be built at Bluff Cove around the corner from Malaga Cove that would have included a grand club house building at the top of the cove as well as a yachting marina. The Pacific Coast Yacht Club was formed in 1927 to construct the marina planned to enclose some 66 acres of water and providing moorings for 400 hundred craft.


3)      A plaza area was proposed to be built in the Valmonte area at the intersection of Via Campesina and Palos Verdes Drive North in addition to Malaga Cove Plaza and Lunada Bay plaza which were constructed.


      The original plans called for the Lunada Bay Plaza to be constructed on Avenida Mirola, a few streets to the south of the current location of the plaza on Yarmouth Road.  The original plans called for a grand Italian shopping plaza with tower.


4)      E.G. Lewis had proposed the construction of a monorail from downtown Los Angeles to the Palos Verdes Peninsula with a spur line to the San Pedro Harbor.

5)      The original plans for the Palos Verdes Project in the late 1920's called for the construction of a golf course in the area currently occupied by George Allen baseball field in upper Lunada Bay.Plans also included the construction of a magnificent golf club on the bluffs overlooking Portuguese Bend, to be known as "Los Palos Verdes Country Club".


6)      Frank Vanderlip planned to develop the area above the current Point Vicente lighthouse including the present day Terranea Resort and the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall area as an Italian hillside village, to be occupied by craftsmen who would live, work, and sell their wares.




These grandiose plans were primarily dashed by the Great Depression, but fortunately much of the carefully laid out plans for the development of Palos Verdes survived and were implemented.

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Comment balloon 1 commentMaureen Megowan • February 21 2012 02:57PM


Great post!  Love looking at the history of areas and my husband graduated high school from Palos Verde High.

Posted by Kim Sellers, Lake Arrowhead Realtor - BRE#01412099 - Lake Arrow (Lake Arrowhead, CA Coldwell Banker) about 7 years ago

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