King Gillette Ranch is one of the most stunning locales in the Santa Monica Mountains. The 588-acre Ranch is situated in the heart of the Malibu Creek Watershed, and adjacent to Malibu Creek State Park. This scenic parkland at the lower end of the Las Virgenes Valley is a haven for large mammals of the Santa Monica Mountains. At the same time, it offers a rare unspoiled view of California’s rich cultural and historic resources, including several structures designed by Wallace Neff for 1920’s razor magnate King C. Gillette. Neff is often referred to as the architect of California’s ‘Golden Age.’
This humble yet picturesque, newly renovated, former horse stable has been reinvented as the new interagency Visitor Center for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The project features a full historic renovation and remodel, informational display spaces, visitor information desk, retail component, and native landscaping. The project was designed to LEED Platinum standards to achieve Net Zero performance.