Long Beach Heritage is a nonprofit education and advocacy group promoting public knowledge and preservation of significant historical and architectural resources, neighborhoods, and the cultural heritage of Long Beach.

Download the PDF

In this Issue:

 

  • The International Tower
  • Prove the Value Added by Preservation
  • Bixby Park Restoration Efforts
  • Music Looks Forward
  • 2011 May Day Festival and Celebration
  • Great Homes of Long Beach Set for June 5th, 2011
  • Hollywood Bowl Trip August 13th, 2011
  • Message from the President
  • What’s Up at the Bembridge House
  • Membership Report — March 2011

 

International Tower 

By Louise Ivers

International Tower 

During the 1960s redevelopment began in earnest on the city of Long Beach. Old homes and hotels along the ocean front were slated for demolition and replacement by new high rise buildings. Also, the serious problem of subsidence, which was caused by subterranean oil drilling off the coast in the Wilmington Field, was solved by pumping sea water into the empty wells in the sixties. Land in and near the port of Long Beach had sunken drastically, in some cases as much as twenty feet, but now the area was proclaimed safe for skyscraper construction that would tower above the beach. Modern technology triumphed over natural obstacles. The scene was set for the transformation of Ocean Boulevard near downtown...Read More