The Yule Parlor Parade signals the start of the Christmas Season!
Join our tradition on December 6th and 7th.
Home Tours: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tea and Shopping at the Neighborhood Church: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Our Tour this year includes four stunning Palos Verdes Peninsula homes followed by tea at the Church.
A Bit of History…
A dozen years after the building of the Haggarty Mansion, which later became the Neighborhood Church, Dr. Dennis Smith, a medical missionary returned from war-ravaged China in 1935 and helped in the development of Palos Verdes. The Palos Verdes Project was bankrupt and lots were inexpensive. Dr. Smith bought 10 lots, one of which he saved for his own home. Two of the homes on this Yule Parlor Parade were built on Smith lots. An ebullient man, he gathered neighborhood children for Sunday school in his parlor with his own two young ones, and this became the foundation for the subsequent group of neighbors who in the ‘50s bought the decaying Haggerty mansion and turned it into a church.
This stately Colonial home was built by Dr. Smith for his own home on the two lots in 1937 on plans by the noted architect, Kenneth Wing, with high end hardware and quality features. A staircase rises gracefully from the foyer. A story says it was built so his daughter could sweep down in her wedding dress to be married in the parlor, which did happen, though she would have been a child when the house was built. The living room to one side of the foyer was planned for large, convivial groups gathered around the piano. The dining room to the other side leads to a newly refigured kitchen and family room. Upstairs are three bedrooms and an office. Built in a U around an expansive patio, the house maintains its original graciousness.
This second house built on an original Dr. Smith lot in 1938 is a classic Eastern home, including a basement, with “2 up 2 down” with two bottom window “bows” on the two sides of the front door. The current owner has lived in the house for over 30 years with little change in the basic structure, though the maid’s room has been converted to a cozy sitting room with a working fireplace. As in many long lived-in homes, treasures give depth to comfort. Black and white photos line the stairwell, some by famous photographers. A much used patio filled with fruit trees, especially a very old pomegranate, anchor a large wooden trestle table, swimming pool and spa. The original garage closes the patio.
Christmas on the Coast
Situated on a bluff overlooking the ocean, ideally located for whale watching, this nearly 7,000 square foot Tuscan Mediterranean is made to seem even larger by the skillful use of outdoor space. From the circular garden pathway and bubbling fountain that welcomes us to the front door, all landscaping shows a loving gardener in residence. The garden view can be enjoyed from a comfortable lanai off the central hall. Continental furnishings and lushly draped windows lend elegance. A pergola bar, pool, spa and barbecue area all add to the enjoyment of this impressive home.
Christmas Open House
In a settled section of PVE, new owners have remodeled a basic structure to fit a family with two young boys. A very open floor plan with wide planked white oak hardwood floors, white walls and woodwork, give a feeling of great space. Of basic Craftsman architecture, with gray shingles and Cape Cod blue trim, the traditional covered façade over the front door has been separated and moved forward to flood the interior with light. Interior designer, Chris Fowler, has shared her expertise in window treatment and décor. A massive stair leads to upstairs bedrooms, each with bath en suite.
Christmas Tea at Neighborhood Church
This is the 57th year of the Yule Parlor Parade and for all those many years Tea at the Church has been a large part of the success that has allowed the Women’s Fellowship to give so generously to South Bay charities. Who can resist delicate homemade cookies, turkey-filled puffs and freshly made and garnished sandwiches? We invite you to listen to music as you sip coffee, tea or punch. The weather is usually fine so the patio is prepared for seating with the boutiques close at hand.
One of the first buildings on the Peninsula, historic Neighborhood Church itself is worth seeing. Tours will be led every half hour. You may remember the Church was originally built as a private villa in 1927. Artisans were brought from Italy to create the elaborate wrought iron sconces, carved wood and decorated ceiling murals. These wonderful touches were skillfully preserved during the two-year remodel that converted several rooms into a sanctuary. The magnificent Glatter-Glötz tracker organ covers the original fireplace.
Visit our Yule Shop, Vintage Shop, and Bake Shop to top off your festive day. You will find one-of-a-kind hand-made crafts and holiday accents in our Yule Shop, scrumptious home-made baked goods in our Bake Shop, and fabulous treasures in our new Vintage Shop.
Enjoy a true “taste” of the holiday season…
Purchase your Yule Parlor Parade Tickets today.