Portuguese Bend Beach Club home is a rare Pueblo design with an ocean view

by Stephanie Cartozian The “Flintstone House” behind the Portuguese Bend Beach Club gates is owned by Fred Lee, himself, a stone mason. Lee is the founder, and past Chief Executive Officer of Ramcon Industrial Corporation, in Torrance, which is a general engineering contractor specializing in the petrochemical industry. He’s also an avid fisherman whose favorite…

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Around & About – Happenings around the Peninsula June 2022

+ Pastel Society’s 2022 Top Award Honorees The 13th annual juried show and exhibition of the Pastel Society of Southern California took place on April 27 at the Promenade on the Peninsula. A total of 75 original pastel masterpieces were submitted to the show, including landscapes, seascapes, portraits, figures, abstracts and still-life’s. While the majority…

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Around & About June 2022 Peninsula

Happenings around the Peninsula + Chadwick School names Jessica Donovan Head of School Jessica Donovan, currently the Head of School at Sheridan School, in Washington, D.C., has been named Chadwick School’s 14th Head of School, following a nine month, global search by the Chadwick board of trustees. Donovan will assume the position in July 2023. She…

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Spotlight on Nature – Palos Verdes Pastoral Fundraiser supporting the PVPLC at Terranea

Over 200 dinner guests were seated outside at long tables elaborately decorated with native Palos Verdes flowers, and herbs arranged by Diana Heffernan Schrader, with the  Pacific Ocean as a sparkling backdrop. Ralph Grippo, Terranea Resort’s newly appointed president, welcomed the guests. Adrienne Mohan, Executive Director of the Conservancy, announced they had recently been awarded…

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Spotlight on Medicine – Providence TrinityCare Foundation’s Annual Sunday by the Sea

Carolyn Elliott’s bluff-top estate overlooking Lunada Bay was the site of Providence TrinityCare Foundation’s annual Sunday by the Sea fundraiser on May 1. Guests sampled cuisine by local chefs, savored fine wines and enjoyed craft beers from local artisanal breweries. Providence TrinityCare Foundation, provides hospice and palliative care. Sponsors included NewGen Health, Bay Crest Care…

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Peninsula Mediterranean – Walter Swindell Davis was the Southern California apostle of Mediterranean architecture

by Stephanie Cartozian A “quiet publicity hound” is how Charles Muncaster, himself an architect, described his grandfather Walter Swindell Davis, the brilliant, but ironically, lesser known of the Peninsula’s celebrated mid-20th century architects, who included Kirtland Cutter, Myron Hunt, and Lloyd Wright.  Davis designed La Venta Inn, St. Francis Episcopal Church, the Point Vicente Lighthouse…

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