The History of La Venta
La Venta Inn has enjoyed a full, rich history on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Nationally recognized as a California Point of Historical Interest, the Inn dates back to the early 1920’s, when a group of international businessmen set out to develop the ‘ideal residential community.’
Opened in 1924, La Venta was the first structure to be completed on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Originally, it served as a clubhouse for the entertainment of realtors and prospective land owners. Architects Walter and Pierpont Davis designed the building and the famous landscape architects, the Olmstead brothers, designed the gardens.
In the 1920’s, it became a famous black-tie restaurant and in the 1930’s, a weekend tourist retreat for such notable people as Charles Lindberg, Tyrone Power, Cary Grant and Gloria Swanson. During World War II, La Venta’s tower was utilized as a 24 hour lookout point for the US Coast Guard.
In 1944, La Venta was purchased as a private residence, however due to popular demand; the family immediately reopened the property as a peninsula social center hosting a myriad of events including weddings and receptions. In 1992, the New York Food Company was invited to become the in-house management team and the driving force behind the continuing story of La Venta Inn.
Known throughout the South Bay for producing amazing catered events, New York Food company first went to work restoring the Inn to its original luster. Many historic architectural features had either eroded over time or were hidden under layers of paint. Today, through this partnership with New York Food Company, the Inn has become one of Southern California’s most unique and beautiful locations.