“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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.
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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
Villa Francesca Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, January 9, 2008
2. Villa Francesca Marker
The marker in its setting.
(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); Edward A. DeVore, Jr. (approx. 4.1 miles away); Brian "Cody" Prosser (approx. 4.1 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 the tree and The building itself is inaccessible as it is inside of a gated community
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2015, by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2015, by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the Villa building. • Can you help?
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