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Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Villa Francesca

 
 
Villa Francesca Closeup image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, January 9, 2008
1. Villa Francesca Closeup
Inscription.  This plaque identifies the estate of Harry E. Benedict (1890-1977). Mr. Benedict, an associate of Frank A. Vanderlip, the initial developer of 16,000 acres of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, completed the gatehouse and the farmstead in 1930. The name "Villa Francesca" honors Mrs. Francis Homberg Benedict, his wife. The architect was Gordon B. Kaufmann, one of Southern California's masters of the Mediterranean style. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dedicated as an historic site October 10, 1987
 
Erected 1987 by Rancho de los Palos Verdes Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 33° 44.374′ N, 118° 22.193′ W. Marker is in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive South and Peppertree Drive, on the right when traveling west on Palos Verdes Drive South. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured
Villa Francesca Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, January 9, 2008
2. Villa Francesca Marker
The marker in its setting.
as the crow flies. Harden Gatehouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Portuguese Bend (approx. 0.6 miles away); Santa Catalina Island (approx. 0.6 miles away); Palos Verdes Peninsula Habitat (approx. 0.6 miles away); Portuguese Bend Whaling Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of the First Japanese American Farm on the Palos Verdes Peninsula (approx. 1.3 miles away); Point Vicente Lighthouse (approx. 2.4 miles away); Royal Palms County Beach (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rancho Palos Verdes.
 
More about this marker. The marker is on a large rock underneath a tree outside a security gate of a private community, and the building itself can be viewed over the gate.
 
Villa Building image. Click for full size.
2017
3. Villa Building
The building is visible over the security gate. The marker is at the far left.
Villa Francesca image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 24, 2020
4. Villa Francesca
National Register of Historic Places marker to the left of the gate.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2015, by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. This page has been viewed 361 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on April 25, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2015, by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California.   3. submitted on April 25, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   4. submitted on March 31, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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Aug. 9, 2020