One of our surviving historic treasures is the Kerckhoff Marine Lab in China Cove. While it became a Marine Lab when it was sold to Caltech, it was originally designed as a boat and bath house for the short-lived Balboa Palisades Club in 1926. The club ran into financial difficulty while it was still being built and they ended up selling it to Caltech in late 1929 for $50,000. The lab was acquired with funds donated by William G. Kerckhoff, a California businessman who made his fortune in power and gas.
1953 photo of China Cove from the OC Archives – the Kerckhoff Marine Lab is prominent and upon closer inspection a few other surviving homes can be found as well.
The Sherman Library recently came across a collection of photos taken of different houses throughout the Village in 1979. Many of them are gone now, but a few caught my eye as interesting photos of houses that have survived today. Pictured above is
427 Fernleaf, built in 1944, which is definitely one of CdM’s most unique homes.