The Redondo Beach Plan

The Redondo Beach Plan (HM1RBM)

Location: Redondo Beach, CA 90277 Los Angeles County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 50.722', W 118° 23.301'

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Redondo Beach always had a plan. Founded in 1887s the town was built in accordance with a unique street pattern designed by William Hammond Hall (1846-1834), a San Francisco civil engineer hired by the Redondo Beach Company.

Unlike the grid patterns of most 19th century towns, Redondo Beach was created with a unique curvilinear street system. The streets, bearing the names of Hispanic women and gemstones, were tiered from a single focal point at the Pacific Ocean moving inland in an easterly direction from the ocean. The Pier was the focus as it provided entry to the community and the South Bay from the sea and connected town residents and inland visitors with the ocean for commerce and play.

William Hammond Hall was the first Superintendent of San Francisco Golden Gate Park, which he designed. The curved streets of the Park, like those of Redondo Beach, were designed to control the speed of horse and buggy drivers and to shelter people from the winds. As California's first State Engineer, he was responsible for water and drainage systems throughout the state. During his tenure, he spearheaded a number of major river navigation projects and an integrated flood control system for the Sacramento Valley. Hall was no stranger to controversy. As State Engineer, he alienated most major land owner groups. Hydraulic mine operators, ranchers and farmers were among those infuriated by his advocacy of a larger, more assertive role for the public sector in the management of the state's water resources.
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Marker Number21
Year Placed2009
Placed ByCouncilman Chris and Diane Cagle; Louis N. Garcia; Mike Gin; Janet and Art Johnson; Ernie, Ann, Erica, Tim O'Dell 2008; Kurt and Victoria Schmalz; Pete, Sam & Nick Villasenor; and the Redondo Beach Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 371552 N 3745877
Decimal Degrees33.84536667, -118.38835000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 50.722', W 118° 23.301'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 50' 43.32" N, 118° 23' 18.06" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)310, 909, 323
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Elena Ave, Redondo Beach CA 90277, US
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