The land which is now Pacific Palisades was part of a 6600 acre land grant given by the Mexican government to Francisco Marquez and Ysidro Reyes in 1838. It was named the Boca de Santa Monica, or "Mouth of Santa Monica", referring to the fertile flatland in Santa Monica Canyon, which served as the center for the families' farming operations.
A gathering in the parking area behind the businesses on Antioch Street, looking toward Via de la Paz. The small building on the right is where Amazing Music is now located. Circa 1961
Landmark vanishes - In 1961, workmen demolish one of the oldest buildings in Pacific Palisades, originally the location of the Pacific Palisades Sales Association, which launched the community.
Prospects for development were dampened by World War I, but in 1921 the site was chosen by the Southern California Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church for a summer Chautauqua site and a permanent community based on religious, cultural and educational ideals. On January 14, 1922, the site was dedicated and the subdivision formally opened by the Reverend Charles H. Scott, who had led a group of Methodists charged with the mission of establishing the "Chautauqua of the West", an outgrowth of the renowned cultural center in New York state. The new town was named Pacific Palisades, descriptive of its location on the naturally sculpted palisades overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
depression and was forced to sell the property
outright and to open the community to development by outside investors. Neighborhoods of
single-family dwellings sprang up in the 1920s
and the first Business Block was built in 1925.
The 1930s saw steady growth, and vigorous
expansion in all directions occurred after World
War II. By 1947, the community had several
retail stores and a restaurant or two.