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In this Issue:

  • Architecure Alert: Mid-Century Modern Buildings Becoming Victims of Demolition

  • Meet three of LBH's newest Advisors 

  • Great Homes of Long Beach 2010

  • Message from the President:  Culture of Change Underway

  • The Life Preserver of Preservation

  • Early Grocery Store Chain had a Local Name

  • Musicale at the Bembridge House on April 16, 2010

  • Status of the Office of Historic Preservation

  • May Day Festival In Drake Park

  • Fairy Gardens Event at the Bembridge House

 


 

Architecture Alert: Mid-Century Modern Buildings Becoming Victims Of Demolition 

By Louise Ivers

 Mid-Century Modern Buildings

Mid-Century Modern architecture is rapidly disappearing in Long Beach. Numerous buildings of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s have already been demolished and some stellar examples in the city are soon headed for the wrecker’s ball. Many structures of this era situated in Bixby Knolls and North Long Beach sit on valuable parcels of land that developers are eyeing. Both Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard were once lined with Mid-Century Modern restaurants, stores, and offices. A few of these have been restored, but some are unfortunately decaying. Other notable buildings of this period can still be found near the ocean front, in the downtown, in Los Altos and Park Estates, near El Dorado Park, and in the Virginia Country Club area. 

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