Palos Verdes Landmarks: The Palos Verdes Beach & Athletic Club

The Palos Verdes Beach Club

The Palos Verdes Bathhouse and Beach Club opened in June 1930 as part of the Palos Verdes Project. Noted architect, Kirtland Cutter, designed this beautiful landmark on the beach in Malaga Cove. In 1939, the newly incorporated City of Palos Verdes Estates assumed ownership from the Palos Verdes Homes Association.

In 1946, the structure experienced a fire that destroyed the upper levels of the facility. The damage was left un-repaired and ultimately became a serious safety hazard. In 1965, the Palos Verdes Bathhouse and Beach Club was re-named in memory of the City’s first mayor, H.F.B. Roessler, who at the time of his death, was serving his twenty-sixth year in office. In 1988, the City of Palos Verdes Estates was faced with a critical decision – demolition or renovation of the historic facility. Fortunately, a plan was formulated to save the facility. Under the auspices of the City, Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club Foundation, nonprofit organization, was formed. The Club was renovated and dedicated in July 1993.

Source: PalosVedres.com

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