John Doty has lived as the caretaker of a tiny stone tower overlooking the ocean in Palos Verdes Estates, a building so unique the city is hoping to earn historic status for the structure, the Mirlo Gate Lodge Tower With John retiring from his post, the city is on the hunt for a new caretaker Photo By Chuck Bennett

Palos Verdes Estates charming stone Mirlo Gate Lodge Tower is one of nine properties nominated for federal historic designation, the California State Historical Resources Commission announced today.

The Tower House, built in 1925 of Palos Verdes Stone and designed by architect Clarence E. Howard, sits at the east entrance to Palos Verdes Estates. It is described in the nomination form as "the embodiment of the ancient art of stonemasonry and techniques that are no longer handed down."

The tower's design is similar to the stone pigeonnier/dovecote towers found in parts of France, which Howard probably saw on his travels during World War I.

The commission will consider the nominations for federal historic designation at a meeting on Friday, Feb. 1, in Sacramento.

Other California property nominations include:

  • Long Beach's Security Trust and Savings Bank Building, a 13-story high-rise in Italian Renaissance Revival style
  • San Diego Gas & Electric Capistrano Substation in San Juan Capistrano
  • Hunt Center and Library in Fullerton
  • Santa Barbara Club, a Beaux Arts headquarters for a private club
  • San Jose housing tracts circa 1950s of Joseph Eichler
  • San Jose Fairglen housing tracts (also Eichler) in the Willow Glen neighborhood
  • Mountain View's Weilheimer House, an example of Queen Anne residential architecture (now a restaurant)
  • Air Base Laundry, a Spanish Eclectic one-story commercial building in Mountain View

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