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In this Issue:

  • Immanent Demolition of Theodore Roosevelt School
  • Message from the President, Melinda Roney
  • Peppertree Court Grand Opening July 15th: Great Gatsby Garden Party at the Bembridge House
  • Rescue-Quilt Honored
  • Stories: The "Long Journey" to San Pedro
  • May Day Festival in Drake Park
  • What’s Up at the Bembridge House
  • Great Home of Long Beach

Immanent Demolition of Theodore Roosevelt School

By Louise Ivers

Roosevelt School

A recently published Environmental Impact Report (EIR) calls for the total demolition of Theodore Roosevelt School at 1574 Linden Avenue, a distinctive Streamline Moderne structure designed by noted Long Beach architect George Kahrs in 1935 [fig. 1]. It will be replaced by a group of contemporary buildings constructed around a landscaped playground and funded with $38,700,000 from Measure K bonds. The EIR, however, identifies two alternatives: no project and major renovation. If the latter alternative is chosen the Streamline Moderne classroom building can be saved and upgraded with twentyfirst century technology. The temporary bungalows will be razed and replaced with new construction. Major renovation is the most environmentally sound alternative as well because it will not use as many new materials or cause as much pollution from the demolition process. Members of the Long Beach Heritage Advocacy Committee have met with Long Beach Unified School District Immanent Demolition of Theodore Roosevelt School Volume 22, No. 2, Spring 2012 officials to discuss the possible preservation of a portion of the school and they were sympathetic to our mission. The designer of Theodore Roosevelt...Click Here to Read the Full Article.