On Sunday, April 29, 2012, the Redondo Beach Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting of Members at 12:00 noon at the Morrell House at Heritage Court. Annual Meeting business includes election of 1/3 of the Society Board and nomination of officers.
Heritage Court is also the site of the City of Redondo Beach’s 120th Birthday Celebration. This event is co-hosted by the Redondo Beach Historical Society, the City of Redondo Beach, the Redondo Beach Historical Commission, and members of the public. The celebration includes hot dogs, birthday cake, ice cream, and an antique car display. City representatives and other honored guests will be in attendance. Both the Morrell House and Queen Anne museums will be open for this event.
After generations of ownership by the Dominguez family, in 1887, the coastal tract of Redondo Beach caught the interest of real estate developers, and due primarily to the deep water canyon located close to shore, Redondo was initially developed as a seaport. In addition to the ships, tracks were laid, and trains began to service the community. In 1889, the great Hotel Redondo was constructed which was one of the Pacific Coast's largest and finest resort hotels. The immense wooden Victorian structure sprawled over a bluff which looked down on the crescent shaped shore, the wharves, and the railroad lines serving them. Due to the numbers of both residents and visitors, cottages were built along sloping hillside above the Redondo waterfront. The City continued to grow and on April 29, 1892, it incorporated by a vote of 177 to 10. On the 120th anniversary of this vote, residents of Redondo Beach and the surrounding communities will come to celebrate at Heritage Court.
The Birthday Celebration is free and open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 29th. Heritage Court is located at 298 Flagler Lane, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.