Heritage Court

(Located at Dominguez Park on Flagler Lane between 190th Street and Beryl Street in Redondo Beach)

Heritage Court is part of an ongoing effort to preserve some of the turn of the 20th century history of Redondo Beach. Established in the late 1980’s with Redondo Beach Historical Society and City Council approval, the original plan called for three turn of the century historic houses to be relocated to Dominguez Park in an area to be called Heritage Court.  Today, two houses are located in Heritage Court with room for a third house on the lawn just north of the rose garden, if necessary.  Both of the structures have been landmarked by the City of Redondo Beach.

Morrell House – A circa 1906 combination Craftsman house with Queen Anne detailing. The Morrell House is available for meetings and functions.  The Morrell House was originally located at 204 S. Catalina Ave.  By the late 1980’s after years as a rental, the house had fallen into disrepair.  In 1988 the Redondo Beach Historical Society started working with the owner of the house who wanted to put condominiums on the property and the City of Redondo Beach to have the house moved and renovated.  The City had the house moved to its current location and volunteers worked on the restoration until completion in December 2006.  Restoration efforts included a new foundation, new roof, rebuilt fireplaces, substantial earthquake retrofitting, exterior paint stripping by hand to the bare wood, refurbishment of all bottom story windows, and replacement of newer window panes with old wavy glass.  The Morrell House is now furnished as a living history museum and is under the custodianship of the Redondo Beach Historical Society.  Museum hours are Saturday/Sunday from noon to 4:00pm.

Queen Anne Museum – A circa 1890’s Queen Anne cottage housing the City’s Historical Museum.  A circa 1890’s Queen Anne cottage housing the City’s Historical Museum, this landmark cottage was originally built on Garnet next to the old Post Office, was then moved to S. Broadway before being relocated to Heritage Court, and is an excellent example of Queen Anne architecture.  The museum has an extensive collection of Redondo Beach memorabilia, information and artifacts.  The museum has exhibits of ancient Redondo and its original occupants, photos depicting the original town site, as well as solutes to individuals who played important roles in our history.  There is also a display featuring Redondo Union High School memorabilia and photos.  The Queen Anne has recently undergone a renovation and has been brought back to its previous splendor.  Museum hours are Saturday/Sunday from noon to 4:00pm and Wednesday from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Heritage Court Rose Garden – The center of the courtyard contains a beautiful Tuscan-style fountain, and is surrounded by a formal rose garden.  The roses are meticulously maintained by volunteers and avid gardeners, Kathy Barron and Gemma Charfenberger.  The garden area is perfect for relaxing with a good book, enjoying a picnic lunch, or has been used for bridal photos.  The City of Redondo Beach is the owner of the park and structures.  The Redondo Beach Historical Society is custodian of the Morrell House museum, and our colleague, the Redondo Beach Historical Commission, is custodian of the Queen Anne museum.  Together, we are Heritage Court.

The diagram shows the conceptual layout of Heritage Court.  The Society would like to keep the third pad, shown shaded, reserved for a future house.  The shaded cross-shaped area represents the rose garden between the third pad and the Morrell House.

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